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Help!! Need techniques for correcting phonetic problems

United Arab Emirates

Help!! Need techniques for correcting phonetic problems
I am finishing my phonology assignment for my TESOL and am trying to find techniques for fixing phonetic problems of a learner.  I īm using a Sri Lankan lady as my learner and I think her most obvious problems are with using /d/ instead of /t/.  However, I can īt find any corrective excercises on the web and my papers due tonight!!  Can anyone reccomend a website?

16 Jun 2009      


I īm not sure about corrective techniques, but the most obvious difference between /d/ and /t/ is that /d/ is voiced and /t/ is not.
With a hand or finger placed lightly on the throat over the laryx you will be able to detect a vibration when forming /d/, but there will be no vibration for /t/.
The position of the tongue is similar for both.
Voiced   Unvoiced    (These are some of the consonant sounds which are in pairs)
    d           t               
    b           p            
    v            f            
    g           k           

16 Jun 2009     


Hi Chiara 72
This is a common problem experienced by South East Asian learners.
You can find info on exercises here:

16 Jun 2009     

United Arab Emirates

Thankyou, both of you, that was a great help!

16 Jun 2009     

Hong Kong

To make the /d/ sound the tongue is farther back in the roof of the mouth.The /t/ sound is closer to the teeth.  Have your s feel where the tongue is in her mouth. You may have to have her open her mouth and have a look inside. lol Make sure she has brushed her teeth first.Wink  I often have my Ss watch me and where my tongue is.  Make up sentences with only one of those sounds then see if she can replicate it. Maybe for /d/ you could have her read: Don īt do as I did. Do as I have done. Something like that. Okay? GL

16 Jun 2009