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[t] + [y] –> “ch” [tʃ] | English Pronunciation Lesson

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In English, there are many times when two sounds come together and form a new sound. This can cause confusion for English language learners when listening to native English speakers.

A common transformation that takes place in English is when a [t] + [y] –> “ch” [tʃ]. The [t] is often at the end of one word, and the [y] is often at the beginning of the following word.

Example

“Don’t you want a dog?”

Here the [t] in “don’t” hit the [y] in “you” –> “ch” [tʃ]. We then de-stressed the “you” to say it as [yə] and said:

  • “don’t you” [DOWN tʃyə]

Got it?

Let’s practice.

Listen and Repeat

  • “That’s what you asked for!” (notice how I transformed the consonant cluster in “asked”)
  • “But you don’t have to work on it.” (Notice “have to” –> “hafta”)
  • “Don’t you want to go home today?”
  • “You don’t always get what you want”
  • “What you have there is the missing ingredient!”

Remember, native English speakers make this change unconsciously, the same as when they transform [d] + [y] –> [dʒ]. You do not have to make this change yourself to be understood. But it’s important to recognize that native English speakers speak like this so that you can fully understand them.

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