Final [d] as in And
Sound formation instruction:
To pronounce the /d/ sound, keep your mouth slightly open. Press the tip of your tongue against the gum ridge behind the upper front teeth, and use the sides of your tongue tip to lightly seal the upper front part of your mouth. Push the air inside the sealed area to raise the air pressure, then quickly release your tongue tip from the gum to make a voiced pop sound. Make sure your voice is on (vocal cords are vibrating). |
In the Korean and Japanese languages, words usually end with a vowel, so foreign students are accustomed to add a vowel sound at the end of the consonant-ending word. Instead of adding an extra vowel sound, final /d/ words should end with a voiceless puff of air.
- I was glad to send my dad money after I sold my old car.
- The bread was so good when I ate it, it brightened my mood.
- I remember how I had to wear a plaid uniform when I went to grade school.
- I made up my mind and decided to drink lemonade with the fried chicken.
- He wanted to stop the car on the side of the road because he could not stay awake.
- The farmer wiped the bead of sweat from his eyes before he chopped the wood.
- I pulled and pushed as hard as I could, but I could not get my car out of the mud.
- The aged mother cried when she saw her son dressed in a tuxedo for his wedding.
- The mermaid was always excited to watch the crowd of people play in the sand.
- When I tried to read in another accent, my friend laughed so hard that he cried.
- I thought that I did not like seafood, but when I tasted a fried squid, I changed my mind.
- I was so cold and tired from my ice fishing trip that all I did was watch the wood burn in the fireplace while my sister sewed plaid mittens.
- Fred was sad because he was forced to eat a cold, green salad while he watched his friends eat their fried food.
- The blind man enjoyed the concert because the band played all of his favorite songs.
- The professor said that she needed to add words to the story so it would be easier to read and easier to understand.
- The maid was not sure she could afford all the food at the grocery store because the money she was given was limited.
- The guide took the crowd of tourists over the hill of sand and showed them a pyramid that was more than 5,000 years old.
Instead of flying to England with my friend Brad for vacation, I decided to save money and drive to Mexico with my cousin. Fred just graduated from high school, and he was more than excited to take a road trip. I was glad Fred came because he made a high grade in his Spanish class. I knew that if I went alone, I would be in trouble because I could barely understand the food menu in a Mexican restaurant.
I decided to drive my red Ford truck because Fred's car was almost 20 years old. I remembered all the times I had to pick him up from the other side of town because his car broke down and he was left stranded on the side of the road. Fred loved his car because it was a classic, but I did not want my vacation to end in the middle of nowhere.
Fred and I ended up in a small town with a name I could not pronounce no matter how hard I tried. We stayed in a hotel that was walking distance away from a white sand beach. I had never felt so relaxed in my life. On the third day, Fred and I drove to a nearby city. I rented a motorcycle so I could ride up and down the coast, and Fred bought diamond earrings for his girlfriend. That night, we partied at all the clubs we could find. It was hard to leave Mexico because we had so much fun.
I met Brad for dinner at a seafood restaurant. Brad told me he wasted a lot of money in England buying food. He said that in his last week, the only thing he bought was bread because it was all he could afford . When I told him I only spent $300 for my entire trip to Mexico, his jaw dropped. I told him he could come on my next road trip, wherever that may be.
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