Nasal Consonant Sounds
Listen to the following words. What is the last sound in each word?
sim sin singsim /m/ sin /n/ sing /ŋ/
These are the three nasal sounds of English.
What are nasal sounds?
- A nasal sound is made by releasing sound through the nose.
- English has three nasal sounds: /m,n,ŋ/.
- /ŋ/ is pronounced when an ‘n’ appears before a ‘k’ or ‘g’.
/m/ moan many lemon omelette ram some
/n/ no never leaner handy soon loan
/ŋ/ sing bring hanger wrongly think banking
Find examples of each nasal sounds in every sentence:
A. How many monks are on their way now?
B. I’m coming to the conclusion that nobody knows.
C. You can’t sing, Mandy, no way.
D Working on this movie has not changed my mind.
A. many /m,n/ monks /m,ŋ/ on /n/ now /n/
B. I’m /m/ coming /m,ŋ/ conclusion /ŋ/ nobody /n/ knows /n/
C. can’t /n/ sing /ŋ/ Mandy /m,n/ no /n/
D. Working /ŋ/ on /n/ movie /m/ not /n/ changed /n/ my /m/ mind/m/