Lesson 1: Pronunciation of Numbers -TY or -TEEN

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Pronunciation

These numbers are pronounced with a clear /T/ sound and the stress (usually) on the second syllable:

  • 13 “thir-TEEN”
  • 14 “four-TEEN”
  • 15 “fif-TEEN”
  • 16 “six-TEEN”
  • 17 “seven-TEEN”
  • 18 “eight-TEEN”
  • 19 “nine-TEEN”

These numbers are pronounced with a T-FLAP (a light /d/ sound) and the stress is (usually) on the first syllable:

  • 30 “THIR-dee”
  • 40 “FOUR-dee”
  • 50 “FIF-dee”
  • 60 “SIX-dee”
  • 70 “SEVen-dee”
  • 80 “EIGH-dee”
  • 90 “NINE-dee”

These words have a “dropped T” after the N:

  • 20 / Twenty –> Pronounced like “twenny”
  • Don’t –> Pronounced like “dohn'” (Often, this ends with a glottal stop!)
  • Granted –> Pronounced like “grannid”
  • Plenty –> Pronounced like “plenny”

Math test in the audio lesson:

  1. What is 10 + 10?
  2. What is 12 + 2?
  3. What is 50 – 20?

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