The T sound in American English pronunciation

When the letter T comes after the letter N, the T sound is dropped in many words. It is mostly used when people speak quickly. This rule is not as important, as it’s informal, but it’s good to be able to listen for this change.

 

The T should be fast and soft or barely heard at all.

Practice with the following words:

interview ⇒ inerview

interstate ⇒ inerstate

international ⇒ inernational

wanted ⇒ wanned

printer ⇒ priner

enter ⇒ ener

twenty ⇒ tweny

 

When the letter T  is before a schwa [ə], and a letter N, the T sound is stopped and turns into a hard N sound; it is also called as a stop T

The final N should be strong.  This sound is a bit difficult. It may be best to listen to how the native speakers pronounce it for a while and then start trying to use it.

 

Practice with the following words:

mountain ⇒ mou-N (mau-en)

fountain ⇒ fou-N

curtain ⇒ cur-N

written ⇒ wri-N

forgotten ⇒ forgo-N

important ⇒ impor-Nt

sentence ⇒ sen-Nce

 

Watch this video. Rachel from Rachel’s English will teach you how to pronounce mountain, curtain, and sentence.

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