There are 6 plosive sounds in English:

/p/,/b/, /t/, /d/, /k/, /g/



How do you produce plosive sounds?

  • Plosives are made by fully blocking the flow of air as it leaves the mouth.
  • Sound is produced when the blocked air is released in an explosion.
  • There are 6 plosive sounds in English: /p/,/b/,/t/,/d/,/k/,/g/
  • The glottal stop /ʔ/ is another plosive – it sometimes replaces /t/.


Repeat the following:

/p/ Please place your plates in a pile in the parlour.

/b/ Bravo Brandon! You’ve brought us back a kebab from the pub!

/t/ Tony’s tonsils tickled as he took a tipple of tequila.

/d/ Don’t you dare defend him, Derek. He definitely did it.

/k/ Can you come camping in Turkey with me and Claire?

/g/ I grew some grapes in my garden and lugged them here in my bag.