455 – The Silent T – Natural American English Pronunciation

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If you’ve been following my YouTube channel, you know that I’ve been focusing on Natural American English pronunciation recently. Well today, I thought that I would bring that lesson flow to the podcast. Actually, it was a request from one of my students, so Vincent, this is for you!
I noticed that quite often when there is an N and a T together in a word, we….I mean us Americans… often drop the T in usual pronunciation. A common example of this is the word Twenty…eighteen, nineteen, twen(t)y. Tweny!

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details:

  • accounting – He works in the accounting department.
  • advantage – The home team always has the advantage.
  • authentic – That is an authentic 18th Century pitcher.
  • counter – Put it on the counter.
  • enterprise – That ship was named the Enterprise.
  • entertaining – That musical was very entertaining.
  • gentleman – He is a real gentleman.
  • gigantic – It’s a gigantic rock.
  • horizontal – There are several vertical and horizontal lines in this photo.
  • identification – Please show your identification.
  • identify – I can’t identify that sound.
  • identity – They need to check your identity before you can enter the room.
  • incentive – What is my incentive to keep doing this?
  • interested – Are you interested in modern art?
  • interesting – It’s a really interesting book.
  • interfere – I wish you wouldn’t interfere with my personal situation.
  • international – There were many international guests at the party.
  • intersection – Let’s cross the intersection and then look for a place for lunch.
  • interview – I had a nice interview with the CFO.
  • painting – It’s a nice painting.
  • pointed – She pointed at the building
  • quantity – Can you tell me the quantity?
  • sentence – Please write that sentence on the board.
  • twenty – We need twenty more chairs for the meeting.

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