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.

 

Angela Boothroyd

Angela Boothroyd

Freelance writer, English language teacher, at Botanical Linguist
Hi, I'm Angela, the creator of the Botanical Linguist site. I'm a freelance writer, linguist, and qualified English language teacher. I specialize in writing online course content, and blog posts and articles about business, education, and the English language. I’m also a writing coach for non-native users of English who want to blog better in English.
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Comments

  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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