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LilPoPanda



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 11:23 pm    Post subject: /inging/ pronunciation Reply with quote

I am having trouble teaching the /inging/ sound as in "singing."

I have my student making the /ng/ sound in the back of the mouth, instead of the front. However, words such as "cling" sound like "clean."

It is missing the subtle "g' part of the /ng/ sound. I have tried to describe how it is a very soft g sound with no puff of air coming out with no luck.

Can you please post any tips? Thanks.
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if it would help, but the m/n/ng sounds are nasals, and follow the /b/d/g articulation spots. So I suppose if your students could say "mb" (sort of mmmmmmbuh) and then "nd" (sort of nnnnnnnnduh) maybe they could get to "ng" (sort of ngngngngngguh) and then leave off the "guh". If that made sense, congratulations Wink. Pretty hard to show what you mean in print.
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EH



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try a word that doesn't have any alveolar sounds in it--"cling" is too hard. Try "king" or better yet, "gong". Having the student pronounce "gong" while keeping the tip of the tongue firmly against the lower teeth. The /ng/ should come out correctly. If the student can't do this on her own, then use a spoon to put downward pressure on the tongue tip while she says "gong".

-EH
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