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CONSONANT SOUNDS

The pronunciation of consonants is practically the same in American and British English with two big exceptions:

Blue Bullet THE LETTER - R -

In BrE they only pronounce the R when it is followed by a vowel. In American English the R is pronounced in all positions.

sorry arrow3 BrE  US /sɒrɪ/
teacher arrow3 BrE /ti:tʃə/       US /ti:tʃər/
park arrow3 BrE /pɑ:k/       US  /pɑrk/ 

 

Blue Bullet THE CONSONANT -T-

In BrE this consonant sounds / t / in front of a vowel or between vowels. In American English it sounds / t / in front of a vowel, but it is flapped when it goes between vowels, like a quick / d / (we'll use the special symbol: / D / ) [it sounds like the Spanish or Italian flapped R, as in "cara"]

tourist arrow3 BrE /tɔ:rɪst/       US /tɔ:rɪst/
Peter arrow3 BrE /pi:tə/       US /pi:Dər/

But in colloquial BrE that also happens. The difference is that the sound / D / occurs only in colloquial BrE, but in AmE that is the only possibility when the T goes between vowels (it is not optional, it's mandatory).

Blue Bullet PRONUNCIATION VIDEOS

Now, here are all the English consonants, symbol and pronunciation. Watch the video and repeat.
 

And here is a teacher giving some explanations

Blue Bullet LINKS

The Phonetic Chart (vowels and consonants)

To see the different pronunciations of T and R in action go to this phonetic lesson based on the pronunciation of the British band One Direction: Phonetics with One Direction - Story of My Life



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