English Pronunciation

Nasal Consonant: ng sound /ŋ/

Listen to the ng sound

ESL/ELL/EFL ng sound pronunciation

ng sound illustration

How to pronounce the ng sound

To create the ng sound, air is prevented from leaving the vocal tract when the back of the tongue lifts and presses against the soft palate at the back of the mouth. 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 ng sound spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
ng[1] hung

n(+k) ankle

n(+c)[2] uncle


[1] ng spelling
When the ng spelling occurs in the middle of a word, it may be pronounced as an ng sound followed by a g sound (as in the words angry or finger). At the end of a word, or as part of the -ing ending, the pronunciation of this spelling does not typically include a g sound.

[2] n(+c) spelling
The letter n in the n(+c) spelling is only pronounced as the ng sound when the pronunciation of the letter c is pronounced as a k sound. If the letter c is pronounced as an s sound, the letter n will be pronounced as an n sound (as in the words dance and pencil).

The ng sound in suffixes

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
-ing laughing


Non-phonetic ng sound words


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