Questions tagged [consonant-clusters]

A consonant cluster is a group of consonants with no intervening vowel, e.g. /st/ or /fl/.

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How to pronounce 'managed to' and other similar phrases with -id sound followed by 'to'?

I know that when pronouncing phrases like 'attached to' the -ed sound, effectively the 't' sound in this case, combines with the 't' sound of 'to' to become a long 't'. But what about when pronouncing ...
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How do we pronounce month's? I mean apostrophe s after th? [duplicate]

How do we pronounce apostrophe s after th? For example month's? And how do we pronounce deaths?
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Having trouble with t-d, t-d, d-t and d-d clusters

Consider the words: Practice twice and practiced twice (t-t) Dance down and danced down (t-d) Play down and played down (d-d) Increase double and increased double (d-d) I can transcribe these into ...
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How to pronounce "Attached to"?

I pronounce "attached to" like "attach to" when the two words are linked and spoken a little fast ([əˈtætʃ.tə]). Is this OK? Or do I have to say [əˈtætʃt.tə]?
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Pronunciation of [bunch'ed' together]: "ch+ed+t" cluster

The sheep "bunched together" as soon as they saw the dog. VERY HARD to pronounce [~ed t~] together "~ed" here is like "t" or "d"? There are many [ch+ed] words. ...
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How to pronounce "changed"?

When pronouncing the word changed, how to do that? It is giving me a hard time because of the G and D part. It is so difficult to pronounce. Can I skip the G and pronounce chaned or what is the ...
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/dz/ and /z/ Is there really big difference? [duplicate]

I have difficulty distinguishing the two phonetic symbols. Roads, rose; needs, knees... Do these words sound very different to native speakers? How should I pronounce them?
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To native English speaker(preferable British English), how do you pronounce [dz] in rides, roads, boards?

From many youtube videos I watched, 'rides' sounds like 'rise', 'roads' sounds like 'rose'. My question is, are native speakers drop the 'd' sound when followed by the 'z' sound? If not, what is the ...
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The TH sound seems to be silent just after the S sound

When enjoying this beautiful song, I can't help but ask a question just like why the TH sound of that seems silent when used after the S sound. In my brain, the sound formed itself "recklessat" just ...
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do they sometimes omit the /d/ , /t/ sounds of the -ed ending?

In the phrase CCTV, closed circuit television; do we omit the -ed, and just say /kləʊz-sərkət-.../ in fast, connected speech. And, about the word "closed" itself, is it finished with an /zd/ or /st/ ...
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Pronunciation of "met her" in American English

According to what I have been taught about American English: Consonant /t/ becomes flap between vowels (when not being onset of stressed syllable) Consonant /h/ becomes silent (when not [same as ...
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How to pronounce "friends"?

So I can pronounce friend just fine. But when you add an s to it how do you transition from the d sound to the s (/z/) sound? Do you just ignore the d altogether?
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How to distinguish 'month' and 'months' in pronunciation?

How to pronounce the two and distinguish them in pronunciation as I almost hear them the same.
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What is the difference between /tr/ & /tʃ/?

I'm very confused! A youtube video explained /tr/ should be pronounced like /tʃr/. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNHI1biK0-4. Another youtube video explained /tr/ should be pronounced like /t/ ...
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How to pronounce words that end in consonant clusters like '-nds' or '-ths'?

I want to know how to pronounce words that end in consonant clusters such as '-nds' (e.g. sounds), '-th' (e.g. fifth, sixth), and 'ths' (e.g. clothes).
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pronunciation difference: funs, funds [duplicate]

The US secretary of state says America is working with Arab nations to cut the private pipeline of funds to Islamic State. (Aussie ABC news; part of it) I listened to and wrote the above audio down, ...
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Pronunciation of words ending in "-ds" [duplicate]

I'm wondering how to pronounce these kind of words: words birds I've tried to pronounce both /d/ and /z/ sound but it's really hard for me. I noticed some of samples in dictionaries and ...
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How to pronounce combined consonants?

My mother tongue, Korean, makes a syllable with vowels. So it’s very hard to pronounce or hear the sounds combined consonants in a row. Would you explain how to make the ‘fts’ sound in tufts, minutely?...
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