Improve your English: consonants

 A consonant is a speech sound that is made by stopping the flow of air in the breath channel or mouth.


A consonant is a speech sound that is made by stopping the flow of air in the breath channel or mouth.

 

consonant: /ˈkɒnsənənt/ (countable noun) 

 

A consonant is:

1. a speech sound that is made by stopping the flow of air in the breath channel or mouth with the tongue, teeth, or lips.

2. a letter of the alphabet that represents any of these speech sounds

 

There are 24 consonant sounds in most English accents, and 21 consonant letters.

The 21 consonant letters are:

B b   Cc   Dd   Ff   Gg   Hh   Jj   Kk   Ll   Mm

Nn   Pp   Qq   Rr   Ss   Tt   Vv   Ww   Xx   Yy   Zz

 

The letter Y is traditionally counted as a consonant, but can be classed as both a consonant and a vowel.

For example:

In ‘hymn’ the letter Y is a vowel sound with the breath channel open.

In ‘yellow’ the letter Y is a consonant sound with the flow of air stopped in the mouth.

 

howjsay.com is a free online talking dictionary of English pronunciation where you can listen to the consonant and vowel sounds of English words. Pronunciation is in Standard British English.

 

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  1. Jiri Jerabek says:

    Hi Angela,

    What is the correct meaning for “things are looking up for the company” ?
    I guess that things go well, seem hopeful, promising.

    Am I correct?

    Respectfully

    Jiri (George),
    Prague

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