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A Summary of word endings

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      In this session, we will cover Word Endings.


      Often people who speak English as a second language drop the endings or final sounds off their words, well, they do not pronunce the final sounds correctly. If this is done consistantly in conversation, chances are you’ ll not be understood. I’ve noticed that the majority of my clients clip off the endings of words without even realizing that they’ re doing this. What I mean by clip off is when saying words a common mistake that foreign speakers make is that they drop off the last sound in a word, especially those words that end in B, P, D or a T.


      For example, in the word Job, you may be saying Jo_ without a B sound or the B is so weak you don’ t even hear it. I have a good Job. You see that. You did not hear the B sound. For Cap, you may be saying Ca_. I am wearing a Ca_ and you don't hear the P sound. For bed, you may be saying Be_. I sleep in a Be_ and there is no D. For the word Plate, you may be saying Pla__. I eat on a Pla__ and you don't hear the T sound. The problem with your listeners is not hearing that last consonant sound and the person you’ re speaking with does not hear with the last sound is in your words. They’ ll consistently be guessing at what you’ ve trying to say. Therefore don’ t drop off the endings. Make sure that the final sounds come through clearly and fully. Don’ t shorten them.
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