n

The phoneme /n/ is pronounced in the same way in English and Spanish, so it doesn’t give any trouble.

 


n (alveolar, nasal, voiced)

Spelling: n (now, net), ne (phone, nine), nn (dinner, channel), kn (knife, knot), gn (sign, gnat). Exceptional spelling: pn (pneumatic)

As it happened with the /m/, the sound /n/ is very simple: do it as you do it in Spanish. Only, here again, it’s interesting to have a look at the spelling because some consonants become silent when they come next to an n.

Remember three cases where you only have to pronounce an /n/.

1. When the n is doubled.

sound_loud_speaker dinner

2. When a word starts with the consonants kn.

sound_loud_speaker knife

3. When you find gn at the beginning or end of words.

sound_loud_speaker gnat      sound_loud_speaker resign

 

And here you have a native speaker pronouncing the phoneme /n/ several times.

sound_loud_speaker No, I do not think you are innocent, I do not believe you are innocent, I know you are innocent (Julian Barnes, Kusp).

 

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