These are both nasal consonants. However, /n/ is an alveolar nasal while /ŋ/ is a velar nasal. When you pronounce /n/, the tip of your tongue should touch the roof of your mouth and the back of your tongue should be low in your mouth.
You can hear the difference between /n/ and /ŋ/ in these words.
1. A. win, B. wing 2. A. sun, B. sung 3. A. tons, B. tongues 4. A. banned, B. banged 5. A. taken, B. taking 6. A. sinning, B. singing
These are both voiced alveolar consonants. However, /n/ is a nasal consonant while /l/ is a liquid consonant. To pronounce /n/, air should stop in your mouth but flow out of your nose.
You can hear the difference between /n/ and /l/ in these words.
1. A. night, B. light 2. A. news, B. lose 3. A. nine, B. line 4. A. win, B. will 5. A. tenor, B. teller 6. A. spinning, B. spilling
Listen and repeat these words:
1. nice 2. number 3. snow 4. sneeze 5. snack 6. dinner 7. tunnel 8. evening 9. center 10. mention
11. man 12. happen 13. mint 14. chance 15. strange 16. lunch 17. bones 18. launched 19. invention 20. nonsense
Now practice /n/ in sentences. Say the words first, then the sentences.
1. complained - neighbors - noisy He complained that his neighbors were too noisy. 2. inside - when - snowing We should stay inside when it's snowing. 3. couldn't - find - journal I couldn't find the right journal. 4. haven't - chance - finish I haven't had a chance to finish. 5. lunch - fancy - restaurant We had lunch at a fancy restaurant. 6. learned - anything - new - recently Have you learned anything new recently?
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