Consonant Sound / b / as in “boy” – American English Pronunciation

Consonant Sound / b / as in “boy” – American English Pronunciation


Hello there! This is the “Sounds American” channel. In this video, we’re going to talk about the American consonant sound /b/, as in the word “boy.” You can also hear this sound in words like “bill” – “cab” – “baby” or “hobby.” We’ll be using a special phonetic symbol – /b/ – for this sound. The /b/ is one of six consonants in the stop sounds category. Let’s start with reviewing the key points about the /b/ from the Stop Sounds Overview video. The /b/ is made by stopping the air with your lips. The /b/ is a voiced sound. It has a voiceless counterpart, the consonant sound /p/. As with all stops, aspiration is essential for the pronunciation of the /b/ sound. The /b/ is made with a slight puff of air at the beginning of words and stressed syllables. At the end of words, the /b/ follows the final stop rule and is not aspirated. For example, Now let’s find out how to pronounce the /b/ sound. To make the /b/ sound correctly, it’s important to focus on stopping the air with your lips. Let’s take a closer look at how to do that: Press your lips together to first stop the air in your mouth. Next, part your lips and release the air with a puff. Remember, the /b/ is a voiced sound, so you need to add your voice. Let’s try making it: Let’s get started with our practice with the /b/ sound at the beginning of words. Remember to add your voice and make a small puff of air when pronouncing the /b/ sound. This is how the practice works. You’ll see a word on the screen and hear its pronunciation. Like this. You’ll have a few seconds to pronounce the word. ♪ Try to practice as many words as possible, this is the most important part of the whole lesson. Let’s begin! Great job! The words in the next group will have the /b/ sound at the end. Remember, you shouldn’t make a puff of air when the /b/ is in this position. Let’s continue practicing. Let’s begin! Excellent! Now, let’s practice pronouncing words with more than one /b/ sound. Here’s an additional challenge: you need to determine, which one is aspirated and which one is not. You’re done! Congratulations! You know what? The Sounds American team knows how hard you’re working, especially those who watch our videos to the very end. But know this: you’re now one step closer to speaking with an American accent. Thanks for watching! Click Like, share this video with your friends and don’t forget to subscribe! Come back soon to our Sounds American channel!

21 Replies to “Consonant Sound / b / as in “boy” – American English Pronunciation”

  1. I feel difficult to pronounce unaspirated stop sounds at the end of the words. Are they just totally silent? Or have short and weak sounds?

  2. Dear Sounds American,
    I just wondering why the /b/ sound at the end of the word in Cambridge dictionary online sound with puff up of air while in Youglish I watched it some of the speakers puff it up and some don’t _, however, I would stick with your suggestion to not puff up the air…

    Thanks for the excellent video, now I am focusing on the consonant sound since I have been through with the vowel sound _ hope to see more of your video such as: linking and reduction, common phrasal in American English, Common mistakes sound that nonnative speaker makes.

    Once again thanks a lot for your generous assistance…

  3. I love the way you explain is very clear to understand, You're amazing!!!! You've helped me to improve my pronunciation in only two weeks, I won't get tired of saying it you're the best!!!!! 😉😊

  4. Why is the second /b/ of 'bubble" not aspirated in the exercise 3? However, all the second /d/ of other words with similar end such as"bible", "believable"and "probable" is aspirated?

  5. Help ! ! !
    Please, tell me! Why in the words 'baby', 'barber', 'believable', 'bible', 'blackboard' (etc!) the second sound 'b' is aspirated too? The second 'b' in these words – is the beginning of the UNSTRESSED syllable! So… Then why does this happen? Why the second 'b' is aspirated?

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