m

The phoneme /m/ is produced exactly in the same way in English and Spanish, so it doesn’t pose any kind of trouble to Spanish speakers.


m (bilabial, nasal, voiced)

Spelling: m (meat, move), mm (summer, common), mb (climb, dumb), mn (condemn, column)

Do the sound /m/ in the same way you do it in Spanish. For once, it’s a very easy task. It may be interesting to have a look at the spelling, though.

 

Remember that when the m is doubled (summer, common) the sound doesn’t change.

Have a look at this interesting example:

sound_loud_speaker coma      sound_loud_speaker comma

The meaning is different (1. deep unconscious state; 2. punctuation mark) and the preceding o is pronounced differently as well, but the /m/ sound remains the same.

 

Also keep in mind that the consonants b and n become silent when they are placed after an m at the end of words. So you just have to say an /m/.

sound_loud_speaker climb      sound_loud_speaker column

 

Now, listen to some native speakers pronouncing the /m/.

sound_loud_speaker I confessed to having murdered somebody (Derek Jacobi, BBC4)

sound_loud_speaker Making it a woman made it less easy to dismiss, if you like, as a macho-man’s movie about war (Helen Mirren, BBC4).

 

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