The g Sound (/g/ Phoneme)

Hi there this is the g sound. As in the words:

  • go /gəʊ/
  • get /get/
  • give /gIv/

The g sound is from the ‘Consonants Pairs’ group and it is called the ‘Voiced velar stop’. This means that you use the back of the tongue to block airflow from the throat.

How to pronounce the g sound

The g sound is made through the mouth and it is Voiced which means that you vibrate your vocal chords to make the sound.
It is defined by position of your tongue and it is a stop sound, which is a sound made by building up air pressure by stopping air flow and then releasing it. In this case you stop the airflow between the middle of the tongue and the top of the mouth.
To produce the sound push the tongue forward so the middle curls up and touches the top of your mouth and blocks air flow, at the same time create some air pressure by gently trying to breathe out. The sound is made by voicing out and releasing the pressure by dropping the tongue down.

How the g sound is Spelled

The /g/ phoneme is normally spelled with the letter ‘g’ as in the words:

  • good /gʊd/
  • girl /gɜːl/

But can also be spelt with the letter ‘x’ as in the words:

As in the words:

  • exactly /ɪgˈzæktli/
  • example /ɪgˈzɑːmpəl/

Examples of the g sound

Here are some words that begin with the g sound:

  • group /gruːp/
  • government /’gʌvəmənt/
  • game /geɪm/
  • grow /grəʊ/

Here are some words with the g sound in the middle:

  • ago /əˈgəʊ/
  • agree /əˈgriː/
  • figure /ˈfɪgə/
  • organization /ɔːgənaɪˈzeɪʆən/

Here are some words with the /g/ sound at the end /g/ sound:

  • leg /leg/
  • drug /drʌg/
  • egg /eg/
  • big /bɪg/

So, that’s it for the g sound.

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