How to pronounce t

Many English learners and teachers are unaware of how to pronounce “t”. “t” pronunciation plays a very important role in spoken English. The main reason  is that differs depending on its location in the word and even sentence and therefore, can be a very big factor in understanding and speaking fluent English.

The Pronunciation of “t”

There are roughly 10 different ways of how to pronounce “t” which can appear in a word as follows:

1-The “t” in the beginning of the wordtime
2-The “t” after [s]stop
3-The “t” after /n/interview
4-The “t” before /n/written
5-The “t” before /l/fortunately
6-The “t” in the middle of the word between two vowelsbetter
7-The “t” in the end before a consonantthat good
8-The “t” in the end before consonant /j/ and /r/that you-trade-off
9-The “t” in the end before a word starting with a vowelput on
10-The “t” in the end before a word starting with a “t”What to

How to pronounce “t”

There are mainly 6 ways to pronounce the “t” depending on the sounds that come before or after. These are as follows:

1-AspiratedStrongly pronounced by releasing a powerful burst of air with it
2-TappedLightly pronounced by flapping the tongue tip against the alveolar ridge
3-GlottalizedReplaced by a glottal stop, in American English, often before consonants
4-ElidedUtterly omitted often after /n/
5-NasalizedTypically before a schwa + /n/
6-LateralizedTypically before consonant /l/

Let’s take a look at all 6 slightly different pronunciations closely with examples.

The “t” in the beginning of the word(aspirated)The “t” + vowel after[s] /p/ /k/ (aspirated)The “t” after /n/(omitted)
Time and talent
Give and take
Tied up
Total
Turning and tossing
Tim Tam
Ten tests
Telemarketing
Timetable
Tough
Waste of time
Start the game
I think you’re mistaken
I understand
Stop studying
First of all
The next step
Stationary store
Productive
Acceptable
Counteroffer
Interested in
Sorry to interrupt
Interview
Representatives
Advantages
Wanted to
Point of view
Entertainment
Internet
The “t” before schwa +/n/(nasalised)The “t” before /l/(Lateralized, also glottalized)The “t” in the middle of the word between two vowels (tapped)
Written
Eaten
Beaten
Cotton
Hot and sweaty
Bitin
Fightin’
Unfortunately
Currently
Outline
Frequently
Importantly
Exactly
Immediately
Better
Priority
Writing letters
Today’s meeting
Fatty food
Little time (invisible schwa)
Positive
The “t” in the end before a consonant (Glottalised)The “t” before consonant /j/ and /r/ (palaticized)The “t” in the end before a word starting with a vowel (tapped)
Appreciate how
What this gives you
That the etc
Not clear/not profitable
Not far/not thinking/
Not worthwhile
Try to
Train
Introduce myself
Contract
Want you to consider
That you
Out of the question
I believe that it is
To start off with
Open it up
Appreciate it
Straight away
 The “t” in the end before a word starting with a “t” (Slightly aspirated)
What to do
Not to worry
Start to think
Product to sell
Get to the point
Cut to the chase