How do you pronounce “handbag”?
If you pronounce “handbag” as it is, then you’ve been pronouncing it the wrong way.
“Handbag” is pronounced as “hambag” /ˈhæm.bæɡ/. Why? – It’s called assimilation sound. “Assimilation” is the influence of a sound on a neighboring sound so that the two become similar or the same.
• good boy ⇒ gubboy /ɡʊb.bɔɪ/
• ten men ⇒ temmen /tem.men/
• bad boy ⇒ babboy /bæb.bɔɪ/
Watch the explanation on assimilation from Podcastinenglish
How do you pronounce the following phrases?
1. one cup /wʌn kʌp/
2. might go /maɪt ɡəʊ/
3. white bird /waɪt bɜːd/
If you pronounce those phrases as such, well, I’m afraid I have to tell you that’s not quite right.
1. one cup ⇒ /wʌn kʌp/ ⇒ /wʌŋ kʌp/
2. might go ⇒ /maɪt ɡəʊ/ ⇒ /maɪk ɡəʊ/
3. white bird ⇒ /waɪt bɜːd/ ⇒ /waɪp bɜːd/
When the letter “n” comes before consonant /k/ and /g/, it becomes /ŋ/, as in one cup /wʌn kʌp/ ⇒ /wʌŋ kʌp/
When the letter “t” comes before /k/ and /g/, the letter “t” becomes /k/, for example, might go /maɪt ɡəʊ/ ⇒ /maɪk ɡəʊ/
When the letter “t” comes before consonant /p/, /b/, /m/, /w/, the letter “t” becomes /p/, as in white bird /waɪt bɜːd/ ⇒ /waɪp bɜːd/