English words can be really confusing sometimes.
In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names.
This week we’re going to talk about words with the NG sound. That’s right, it’s not a sequence of an N and a G sound. It’s just one sound.
Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode:
sing: sing [IPA: sɪŋ]
long: long [IPA: ˈlɔːŋ] or laang [IPA: lɑːŋ]
ping: ping [IPA: pɪŋ]
rang: rang [IPA: ɹæŋ]
wrong: rong [IPA: ɹɔːŋ] or raang [IPA: ɹɑːŋ]
longing: long-ing [IPA: ˈlɔːŋɪŋ] or laang-ing [IPA: lɑːŋɪŋ]
singing: sing-ing [IPA: ˈsɪŋɪŋ]
writing: raid-ing [IPA: ɹaɪɾɪŋ]
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