I don’t know what they’ve told you in school,
But there’s one thing they usually forget to mention:
When you see N and G together (like in ‘sing’ ‘writing’ and ‘bang’)
There is actually NO true G! (Well… almost always)
Hey guys, it’s Hadar, and
this is the Accent’s Way.
And today we’re gonna talk
about the N-G consonant sound.
Ng, what was that?
Let’s try it again, ng.
Yes, it’s a sound that
is usually represented
with the consonant letters N and G.
So a word like sing is not singu.
There is no N, and then a gu sound.
It is one consonant that is produced
in the back of the mouth, sing, sing.
Long, playing, okay?
So how do you make this sound?
Basically, the N-G is a combination
of the N sound, so it
has that nasal quality
because the air is coming
out through the nose,
but it has the placement of a G sound
because the back of the tongue goes
up and blocks the air in the back
while touching the soft pallet.
So to make this sound, the tongue goes
up in the back, blocks the air,
then you release the air through
the nasal passages and the air
comes out through the nose.
So when you open your mouth, you can see
that the tongue is totally down.
Another way to think about it is try
to make an N while keeping the tip
of the tongue down.
What you’re gonna do
is probably compensate
for the fact that you can bring
the tip of the tongue
up, so you’re gonna bring
the back of the tongue up.
Now again, because of the representation
of the G in the spelling,
a lot of people pop
the gu sound at the end of the word.
When in fact these are all N-G consonants.
Singing, longing, and ping.
Now, what’s the best way to practice it?
First of all, practice making the sound.
Ng, ng, all right?
So great, you got the sound right.
Then practice it in typical positions
where you’re more likely to
produce it with a gu sound.
Writingu, not right.
Writing, so you want to stretch
and hold out the N-G sound
and then fade it out nicely
until you don’t hear any more sounds.
Don’t pop a G at the end.
And step number three is
to use it in minimal pairs.
So compare words that end with an N
to words that end with an N-G.
Sin versus sing.
Ran versus rang.
Lawn versus long.
All right, good job.
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Here’s a list of minimal pairs for you to practice:
Also, it’s important that you know that not every time you see the letter combination n+g you should drop the g.
Sometimes the g after the ŋ consonant is released. For example:
1.The comparative/superlative degree is added to adjectives such as long, strong and young: long+er > lɔŋgər
2. Certain suffixes added to a root word ending in ‘ng’: prolong-> proʊlɔŋ prolongate->proʊlɔŋgeɪt
3. When ‘ng’ appears in the middle of the word, in the root part of the word: England->ɪŋglənd English->ɪŋglɪnʃ single-> sɪŋgl
4. Sometimes the ‘ng’ represent the /dʒ/ consonant as in ‘range’
I know it’s difficult to remember the rules, this is why your safest bet is to mostly focus on making the ŋ in ‘-ing’ endings (there’s never g after ŋ at the end of the word) and that’s also the most common appearance of the sound (and I find it most noticeable).