G Alphabet PronunciationPosted by Mike Schuck
This week, we are going to learn the alphabet for kids! The alphabet is made up of all lower case letters that start with the letter g. These low g alphabets include get, go, good, gold, goose, gone, god, dog, doggy, or even gotcha!
Many children already know some of these low g alphabets because they may have seen them before in books and games. Others need some help figuring out how to say them properly. That’s why this article will be so helpful!
You will find many easy ways to teach your child the correct way to pronounce each letter. Kids can easily look at the pictures and read the translations to figure it out on their own.
This article will also tell you where to begin when teaching the different g alphabets to your little one. There are usually common starting points such as telling stories about the word or giving the definition. Both of those things apply here!
Making sure your kid knows the right way to spell a word and how to sound out the individual letters is very important. They learn by listening and practicing, and using the appropriate sounds helps them gain knowledge.
Parents must make sure their kids understand what is written and said clearly to avoid issues down the road. Spelling and phonics are something every kid should have fun learning, but only if done correctly.
G as in grateful
The next letter is arguably one of the most important letters in the English alphabet, especially if you are looking to improve your pronunciation. When speaking American English, the way you say this letter depends on how you say the word gratitude.
The “g” sound happens when you close your mouth slightly and breathe out just enough so that your lips form a soft circle. You can get this sounds by saying “thank you” with an emphasis on the first or second syllable. For example, instead of saying “Thank you for dinner,” you could say “Thank you for eat-ing.”
Another way to say this letter is by using the “er” suffix, like in beercation or greenest. So, instead of saying “gratitude,” you would say “greateeeen.” Or you could say “grawwtiiifull!”
But what about the other way to pronounce this letter? Many people mistakenly say the “ghost” sound instead. This is because we usually say it while mimicking the way someone might say the name Grace. Therefore, the ghost sound comes from not pronouncing the “a�����” as in “Grace.
G as in gun
The next letter is going to surprise you! It’s not really a sound at all, but rather an emphasis pattern. When you say the word “gun” out loud, you are putting extra stress onto the first syllable. You get that same effect when someone uses the word “tough” or “proud.”
This special pronunciation of the g sound is called the Gravely tone. So how do we make this happen?
We simply add power to the voice by raising our pitch and using strong intensity. For example, if your friend says “I am so proud of my dog” with a soft voice, it sounds very mellow and sweet. But if they said it with a powerful voice, it would have the same effect as saying “ I am SO PROUD OF MY DOG!”
That kind of strength can be used for fun, such as yelling around sports like football or basketball, or for more serious applications, such as talking about guns or politics.
The way to know whether your accent is too gravely or not, is to compare yourself to the native speakers of your language. If you could speak English fluently, then your graveye tone isn’t needed.
G as in guess
Let’s look at some examples! The word _giant_ has the - _l_ ending so it is pronounced like _gate_. Similarly, the letter _h_ sounds like the English word _heck_ with the “k” sound. (Think of how to say goodbye in French!)
The next letter up is probably the most difficult for non-English speakers. Most people mispronounce the g sound as the guttural or voiceless "j" sound. This isn't quite right because there is no such thing as a voiced "g."
A better way to pronounce this letter is like the soft "J" as in _jay_. So, the correct pronunciation of the letter g is actually more like the word _jay_. That makes sense right?
I know what you are thinking, why not just use the hard "G" sound then? Well, that's another topic! But remember, when using the soft "J" sound for the g, it should be after a vowel, and not at the end of a word.
G as in glory
The next letter is going to surprise you! If you were paying close attention, then you already know that the g sound is usually the “glug” or “gurgle” type of sound, like when you drink water.
But there are actually three different sounds for this g!
The first one is called the aspirated-tongue position. This happens when your tongue positions itself slightly open while pronouncing the g. You can do this naturally with most vowels, but not all. For example, try saying the word girl out loud quickly and see what kind of g sound you get!
The second one is the voiceless glottal stop. When this happens, your vocal cords vibrate without making any noise, which is why it has the “stop��” attached to it.
This happens mostly with fricatives (sounds such as p, t, d, and gh) and sometimes affixes, such as -ic and -el. A famous example of the latter is the word glacé, which contains the glottal stop.
The final, rarer way to pronounce the g comes from Latin. In spoken Italian and some other languages, when they want to emphasize an s, they insert an extra long silence. This creates a sort of hissing effect, which makes people really listen to the speaker.
G as in guilty
Let’s look at some examples! The first word is “guilt.”
The most common way to spell this word is with an “g,” but you won’t find that version anywhere except maybe in very old or special English. That is because the sound of the letter “g” changes according to the other letters it comes after.
In the early years of the alphabet, there was no l or r sound. So the g had nothing to connect to. It was just one lonely sound.
But not any longer! In the modern day pronunciation, the g has its own little sound called the glottal stop. This happens when your voice drops while talking and then raises again, like when you breathe out and then breathe back in. You can also see this happening when people are really excited or angry.
P as in piano
The next letter is probably the most confusing of all! When talking about music, the word pronunciation usually includes the use of the letter P. This is because it is used to refer to either the key of A major or the note F# sharp.
The reason this can be tricky is that there are two possible pronunciations for the first part of the letter – either pulse or pew.
P as in pizza
The next letter is probably one of the most popular for kids to learn at school. If you’ve ever heard the term alphabet song, this may sound familiar! The reason it is so famous is because when children are learning their letters they usually start with the letter P. This is called the practice-of-the-letter method.
When teaching young students how to write their own name or spell a word, starting with the letter p makes sense. Because the lvf (leaving voice form) starts with an f, many teachers use the letter ‘p�’ as the first letter of the new word. For example, if your child just learned the letter e then they would say ‘epic��' instead of 'apple'.
This strategy can be used for other sounds too! When teaching the g sound, for instance, you could say ‘gong’ instead of 'goose'. By using the lvf, the tone and rhythm of the speech stays the same.
This can help some learners feel more comfortable speaking. It also helps teach them the rules about pronunciation that we mentioned earlier.
P as in punch
The next letter is probably one of the trickiest to spell, pronounce and what some say is even wrong! If you look up the word _parrot_ online or anywhere else, it will not have the same sound as the letter P when said.
Many instead use the sound like the “B” in bat or boat. This is called the voiced palatal plosive. Some say this is how it should be pronounced while others believe that it should be the oral fricative (like the “F” in fan) with the H being silent.
It all depends on which part of the mouth the voice goes into really, but generally people agree that the voiced plosives are harder to produce than the unvoiced ones. That is why most languages do not use them very much unless they are spoken as another language. For example, French does not use the B as their final close consonant because it is already represented by the l at the end of every word.
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