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English Pronunciation

Nasal Consonant: n sound /n/

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ESL/ELL/EFL n sound pronunciation

n sound illustration

How to pronounce the n sound

To create the n sound, the air is blocked from leaving the mouth by pressing the tip against the tooth ridge and the sides of the front of the tongue against the side teeth. The soft palate drops, allowing air to pass out through the nose. The sound is voiced, so the vocal cords vibrate while producing it.


Common n sound spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
n/nn note
banner
twin


none
kn know
knock
knee


none
gn[1] gnome
sign
campaign


n sound+g sound

[1] gn spelling
When the gn spelling occurs at the beginning or end of a word it is usually pronounced as an n sound. In the middle of a word it is more likely to be pronounced as a g sound followed by an n sound (as in the words signal and ignore). Consult a dictionary for the correct pronunciation of individual words.


The n sound in suffixes

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
-tion/-sion vision
nutrition
application


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-ian librarian
magician
comedian


none
-iant/-ient ancient
resilient
radiant


none
-nomy autonomy
astronomy
economy


none

Non-phonetic n sound words

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