The NG consonant is one of the three nasal consonants. Learn the correct mouth position with illustrations and up close, slow motion speech.
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The NG consonant sound. To make this sound, the back part of the tongue reaches up and touches the soft palate, which remains down in this sound, ng, ng.
The front part of the tongue is lightly touching behind the bottom front teeth. The teeth are parted and the lips as well, ng, ng, while the vocal cords make sound, ng, ng. Here we see the NG sound on the right compared with the mouth at rest. You can see that the mouth is open and the jaw is dropped. Here, parts of the mouth are drawn in. The tip of the tongue is down behind the bottom front teeth, while the back of the tongue stretches up and touches the soft palate, which is not raised in this sound. It is in the relaxed position. This is one of the few sounds in American English where the soft palate is down and relaxed. This allows air to pass up and over it, causing the sound to feel somewhat in the nose. It is a nasal consonant along with M and N. Sample words: sing, think, running. Sample sentence: Studying English and practicing speaking is rewarding. Now you will see this sentence up close and in slow motion, both straight on and from an angle, so you can really study how the mouth moves when making this sound.
Studying, teeth together for the ST sounds, opening into the ‘uh’ as in ‘butter’, tongue up for the D, studying, and the ING with the NG sound. You see the front part of the tongue here coming back down. English. Tongue through the teeth for the L. SH mouth position. And practicing, lips together for the P. Tongue up for the T, c-t sound, practice, very quick ING sound, practicing. Speaking, lips together for the P. Again you see the front part of the tongue coming down from the NG position. Is, teeth come together for the Z sound and the lips form the R sound. Rewarding. W, tongue tip up for the D and back down. And it’s the front part of the tongue you see coming down from being raised at the back in the NG position.
And now from an angle. Studying, teeth together for the S-T sounds opening into the ‘uh’ as in ‘butter’. Tongue tip up for the D. -ing, you see the front part of the tongue coming back down from being raised in the back, for the ING sound. English, tongue through the teeth here to make the L. The SH lip position. And practicing, lips together for the P. Tongue in the ‘aa’ as in ‘bat’ position. Up to make the T sound. Together for the S, and here again the tongue is in the ING position quickly. Speaking, lips together for the P, ING position. Is, teeth together for the Z sound. Rewarding, lips forming the R consonant sound, and now the W consonant sound. Tongue tip up to make the D. And now you see the NG position as it is raised in the back, tip coming down in the front. That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.