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Pronunciation tips
Voiced & voiceless sounds

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The following sounds are usually voiceless:

These next sounds are described as voiced but are only fully voiced when they are between other voiced sounds.

The short vowel sound

is pronounced slightly differently before a voiced sound. Listen to the following words, can you hear the difference?

   cab /kæb/

   cap /kæp/

Before the voiced sound /b/ in cab /kæb/ the /æ/ sound is longer than before the voiceless sound /p/ in /kæp/.