How Many Sounds Does The Letter X Make?

Posted by Mike Schuck

The letter x is one of the most frequently used letters in the English language. It is also one of the trickiest to use because there are so many sounds that it makes!

The way professional writers write introductions is by using the word hook or, as some say, the rising action. This approach uses words or phrases that grab your attention and make you want to read more of them.

In this article, we will be talking about how many different sounds does the letter “x” have. When writing, try to use the letter correctly to create good sounding sentences. Then see if they sound natural and flow well with the rest of the sentence.

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I hope you enjoy reading these tips as much as I did! If you ever need help figuring out how to use a certain letter properly, feel free to check out our helpful guide here.

Second sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The second sound of letter x is not known as much as the first or silent sound, but it does make an appearance in many English words!

The second sound of x is the “uh” sound that you get with the word “luge” (look up luge here!). This uh-x sound is also present in some other strong sounds such as the “choo-x” sound for the word “train” and the “peek-o-x” sound for the word “poe.”

You probably know this sound if you have ever heard someone say something like ‘ice cream’ or ‘poem.

Third sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The third sound in the letter x is not known as an easy sound to get. Most people cannot even pronounce it! Luckily, though, there is a way to know what this sound is!

The second half of the third sound of the letter x is either “ax” or “kahx.” What is missing is the first part: the sibilant.

So how do you get the third sound? It is simply by pronouncing the word “buzz.

Fourth sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The letter x makes one loud, strong sound depending on what position it is in. There are three different sounds that the letter makes when placed at the end of a word, as a prefix, as a suffix, or as a separate element.

The first is the voiceless consonantal fricative (FC) which means a soft, quiet “f” sound. This happens when there is no voice coming from the next word, so the FC stands alone as a discrete sound. An example of this is the word frighten where there is not a l oo ng V ni nd. Only the FC has an entry in our phonetic alphabet.

The second is the voiced consonantal fricative (VCF) which is similar to the FC but with a little more strength. This occurs when there is a break between words, or a sequence of short sounds like bvfx. In these cases, the VCF can be heard clearly over the previous word or words.

An example of this is the word really where there is a shorter pause before the VCFX. You can also hear the break after the V in really. Both of these give off the same feeling as the FC does — silence!

The third is the plosive, pronounced with a bit more force like the B in bat or the P in police.

Fifth sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The fifth sound is typically described as being like gong or clang, but some say it’s more like rolling rrrr. Either way, you get the feeling that what this sound represents is something important and significant!

The reason why the letter makes this sound is because its lips are touching the teeth, and then the jaw drops down. Technically speaking, this is called an alveolar plosive. (Remember, a vowel has to be close to the nose for it to be considered nasal!)

This sound is not unique to the English language, however. Almost all languages have at least one kind of plosives.

Sixth sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The sixth sound is called /xi/ or sometimes referred to as ‘ex’, this is typically the voice pitch that is used for emphasis.

A common example of using the xi sound in speech is saying the word exit. In American English, your voice will drop one note (the stressed syllable) when you say exit. This creates a more serious tone and emphasis on the word exit.

In Vietnamese, there are six sounds in the vowels alone! All six vowels have an additional stress position where they become louder and longer.

Using our previous examples, if we wanted to emphasize the word bat, then our voice would rise one full step at the end of the word like so: bata. Or if we wanted to emphasize tigert, then we would lengthen the last e slightly and add weight to make it feel stronger, like tegert.

This is because the VI (or việt ngôn, Viết niêu) letter represents the third level of the Vietnamese alphabet, which contains both consonants and vowels.

Seventh sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The seventh sound is called “re” or “rishab,” and it means to pronounce the letter like this: ree-ZAYD (or REEZEAD).

This sound is typically not found in one word, but rather several that combine together to make a complete sentence. For example, the word _resolution_ has the rishab as part of its ending -tion.

The most common place for the rishab to appear is at the end of a word, so when you see it, you should be able to figure out what it belongs to.

It is very difficult to learn the rishab directly, however. There are two ways to get it into your mouth. One way is by practicing the consonant cluster related to the x, then adding the rishab.

Eighth sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The eighth sound is called “aspirant” or “dipthong,” which means it has two sounds. This happens when you close your mouth slightly at the end of a word and breathe through your nose. When you do this with the letter ‘x’, one voice drops down to a soft breathing tone and the other rises up as a raspy noise.

This second voiceis the aspirant sound forthe letter ‘x�’. In fact, most languages only have eight basic sounds, so there are really just three more that we are not aware of!

The third, sixth and ninth sounds in English are typically not heard unless someone is speaking very slowly or pronouncing certain syllables distinctly (think of how people say the word ‘research’). That’s why they are sometimes referred to as silent sounds because no air comes out.

Ninth sound of X

how many sounds does the letter x make

The ninth sound is called voiced labial, or oral-voiced consonant. This sounds comes with some noise, like a voice you would use when speaking. Some people also say it has a slight glint in its eye, as if it were trying to speak!

The letter ‘X’ makes this voiceless oral-labial (or oral-nasal) sound. To make the oral-labial sound, press the top of the mouthpiece with your upper lip and breathe through your nose.

This made sense because both parts of the sound are coming from using your lips and nasal cavity.

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