Voiced and Un-Voiced Consonants

(A Comparison)


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The subject of Voiced and Un-Voiced Consonants is an area of English that, un-fortunately, many teachers do not talk about very often.  At least not beyond The “Th” Combination, or the difference between The “Ch” Combination and The Soft Letter “G”.

Simply put, ALL of the Consonants are either Voiced (meaning you make a sound as you hold your mouth in a certain way and push the air out with the addition of the tone of one’s voice.) or Un-Voiced (meaning you ONLY push the air out as you hold your mouth in a certain way – sans the actual tone… in other words, the air moving out IS how the sound is made.)


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Woah!!! I just thought of something!!!… (okay, I guess it wasn’t really that brilliant, but still it’s important… read on.)


Another aspect which has just come to me as I edited that last sentence, is that…  It is never actually stated (so far as I have noticed) that the tone that one makes in A “Voiced” Consonant, is always the same tone.

It is NOT the tone that makes the particular sound.  Instead – it is the way in-which the mouth, tongue, and throat are used, in conjunction to the force, or lack there-of, of the tone of One’s voice that produces the uniqueness in sound, that distinguish a Voiced “Sh” Combination/ʒ/ or /zh/, from that of The Soft “G”/dʒ/ or /dg/.


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It is no different that any musical instrument.  The air flowing through a flute, is just air until a certain combination of holes are either opened or closed.  Just as the electricity flowing through the guitar is only electricity…  it is all the same, until the it is forced to create the particular frequency which makes each sound unique.


Your Mouth, Your Tongue, And Your Throat Are The Instrument…
Together With Your Personal Tone…

(the sound you make when you say, “ahhhh” – as a sigh of relief…  that is your true voice.)

…These Are The Tools With-Which You Use To Affect The World…


Will you create the ecstasy and Passion of an Ode To Joy – Or the cacophonous squealing of This Pathetic Shit


So now that you got some philosophy, you can learn some technique.  The video below gives a comparison of all the different Voiced and Un-Voiced Consonants in the English language with a brief description of the difference between them.


Enjoy The Video!


 


Strangely, when she was making the different sounds, she did not do them in alphabetical order, nor did she bother to mention which letters they correspond to.  I’m not sure what her philosophy is on this matter, but here are the letters of the sounds in the order that she said them:


The Example:


The examples she gave for the difference between the Voiced and Un-Voiced Consonants, before she actually gave the list of the different sounds were:

  • Un-Voiced – The “CH” Combination
  • Voiced – The Letter “J” (or The Soft Letter “G”)

Voiced vs Un-Voiced

(With A Pair)


  Un-Voiced  

  • T – /t/
  • F – /f/
  • P – /p/
  • K – /k/
  • Th – /θ/ – (as in “Thanks”)
  • S – /s/
  • Sh – /ʃ/
  • Ch – /tʃ/

  Voiced  

  • T – /t/ 
  • V – /v /
  • B – /b/
  • G – /g/
  • Th – /ð/ – (as in “That”)
  • Z – /z/
  • Zh – /ʒ/ – (as in “Azure”
  • J – /dʒ/ – (or The Soft Letter “G”)


THERE IS NO SUCH THING as a “Voiced Letter – T“.  No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to make a “Voiced Letter – T”.  However, I think I know why she thinks there is such a thing…  (besides the fact that she probably learned that from her professors when she was “earning” her degree, rather than actually listening to the sounds that are coming out of her mouth.)

When The Letter “T” comes at the beginning or the middle of the word, and is then followed by a vowel, which IS in fact voiced (as all vowels are), then it may SEEM like it’s “Voiced”.  Where-as, when it comes at the end of the word, it clearly is not.  But THERE IS NO SUCH THING as a “Voiced Letter – T” – and there never will be.  What she demonstrated was a “T”, followed by a schwa sound – /ə/.

The “Zh” combination is only representing a sound.  THERE IS NO SUCH SPELLING…  At least not in The Common Tongue of the English Language.  It represents the sound of the “z” in the word “Azure” or the “si” combination in the word “Persuasion”.


Voiced vs Un-Voiced

(Without A Pair)


  Un-Voiced  

  • H – /h/

  Voiced  

  • M – /m/
  • N – /n/
  • Ng – /ŋ/
  • L – /l/
  • R – /ɹ/
  • Y – /j/
  • W- /w/


I hope that that was more helpful than simply watching the video alone.


Have An Excellent Day!

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