Knowing the difference between voiceless and voiced sounds could be vital, depending on what situation it’s in. Knowing whether they’re voiced in the beginning and end, too, is important.
Making a clear distinction between voiceless and voiced sounds is a major part of being understood.
For example, “I missed two pills” might sound like “I missed two bills.”
Vocal cords vibrate during the production of voice sounds and do not vibrate during voiceless sounds. So, let’s break this day further.
Listen to my podcast down below and check mark the correct answers you hear.
Old Pills or Old Bills
Good pie or Good buy
Not cold or Not gold
Art class or Art glass
Bank cards or Bank guards
Lock out or Log out
Made the bet or Made the bed
Major leak or Major league
Rules And Practice
It’s all about identifying the vibration in the vocal cords. Consonant sounds could be either voiceless or voiced. Do this exercise and place your fingers on your throat and say /s/. You should not feel any vibration. Try it with /z/ after and you should be able to feel it.
p, t, k, f, s, f, t, h
b, d, g, v o, z, d, m, n, l, r, q, y, e