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Differentiating between the P & B sounds. – Improve your English Accent

In English, there are many consonants which have similar jaw/mouth movements, but sound differently. The difference between them, usually, is the vibration felt in throat and the amount of air that comes out of one’s lips. They are called voiced and un-voiced consonants.

In this English lesson we will be discussing two such consonants: the B and P

The jaw movement is the same in P and B, what changes is the lip movement and the role of vocal chords. B is the Voiced Consonant. It does not involve complex lip movement, but a sensation of vibration in your vocal chords. Also, there is no air, while pronouncing the letter. If you touch you throat gently while pronouncing B, you can feel the vibration. However, P in un-voiced, there should be no vibration but a lot of air from your lips.

Let’s look at few words with the B and P sound.

B P
Bat Pat
Bee Pea
Bin Pin
Born (B – ohn) Porn/Pawn (P- ohn)
Bush Push
Abort ( Ab- oht) Apart (Ap-aat)
Cubicle (Q-bi-cal) Couple (Kuh-puhl)
Fumble (Fuhm-buhl) Flapper
Habit Happy (ha-pee)
Zebra Zipper
Cup Cub
Dab Dip
Lab Lap
Mob Mop
Tab Tap

When we speak English, we have to be careful not to interchange and mix the B and P sound as change in the sound can change meaning. For eg. Simple means plain, where as , symbol means signs.

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