The ng Sound (/ŋ/ Phoneme)

This lesson is about the ng sound, (/ŋ/ Phoneme), as in the words:

  • think
  • thing
  • walking

It is a sound from the Single Consonants group.

How to pronounce the ng sound

The ng sound is called the “velar nasal,” which means that you curl your tongue up against the back of our mouth and the air comes out your nose.

The /ŋ/ phoneme is, made through the nose rather than the mouth and it is Voiced, which means you use your vocal chords, but it is defined by the position of your tongue, and is made with the flow of air through the mouth completely blocked.

To produce the /ŋ/ sound, curl the back of your tongue up against the back of your mouth so that it completely blocks your throat then voice out through your nose. The front of your tongue just hangs forward.

How the ng sound is spelled

The ŋ sound is most frequently spelled ‘n-g,’ but sometimes is spelled with just and ’n’ when it is in the middle of a word like:

  • thank

Examples of the /ŋ/ Phoneme

Words never begin with the /ŋ/ Phoneme. Here are some words that end with it.

  • bring
  • young
  • long
  • morning

The most common use of the /ŋ/ phoneme is the ‘i-n-g’ suffix.

  • building
  • feeling
  • working
  • interesting

Words with an /ŋ/ in the middle are uncommon but here are a few.

  • thankful
  • finger
  • stronger
  • thinking


One Response to “The ng Sound (/ŋ/ Phoneme)”

  1. samlux January 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    it is making sense

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