AE 281 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian: The Muted T

Learn Australian English in this pronunciation episode of Aussie English where I teach you to pronounce the muted T like a native!

Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes | Android | RSS


Download the PDF + MP3


AE 281 – 1 Simple Tip To Sound Australian: The Muted T

G’day guys.

Welcome to this episode of Aussie English.

Today is one simple tip to sound more Australian. Let’s go.

So today’s lesson is going to be focusing on muting the T in words and at the ends of words when it’s preceded by an N.

So when you have an N and a T in a word or at the end of words quite often we mute the T in Australian English, and probably other dialects of English as well.

So today we’re going to do a series of exercises guys.

They’re going to be listen then repeat exercises to help you practice your pronunciation of the muted T.

I’m going to say the word with the T. I’m going to say the word with the muted T.

And then I’m going to use the word in a sentence with the muted T.

So, the first set of words is going to be auxilary verbs and modal verbs that are negated.

So, “can’t” becomes “can’-“, “won’t” becomes “won’-“, etc..

Listen and repeat after me guys.

Listen and repeat:

Aren’t.
Aren’-.
They aren’- coming.

Isn’t.
Isn’-.
He isn’- coming.

Can’t.
Can’-.
I can’- help you.

Won’t.
Won’-.
He won’- answer.

Don’t.
Don’-.
I don’- know.

Doesn’t.
Doesn’-.
It doesn’- matter.

Shouldn’t.
Shouldn’-.
It shouldn’- matter.

Wouldn’t.
Wouldn’-.
It wouldn’- matter.

Couldn’t.
Couldn’-.
I couldn’- see.

So now let’s two words that end with N and T.

Listen and repeat:

Bent.
Ben-.
I ben- the wire.

Blunt.
Blun-.
The knife’s pretty blun-.

Elephant.
Elephan-.
There’s an elephan- over there.

Content.
Conten-.
I’m pretty conten-.

Count.
Coun-.
I can coun- to ten.

Dent.
Den-.
Someone put a den- in my car.

Discount.
Discoun-.
Can you hook us up with a discoun-.

Document.
Documen-.
Have you read the documen-.

Faint.
Fain-.
I think I’m in a fain-.

Hunt
Hun-.
Do you guys like to hun-.

Lent.
Len-.
Mum len- me her car.

Paint.
Pain-.
I’m gonna pain- these walls.

Point.
Poin-.
What’s your poin-.

Stunt.
Stun-.
He pulled off a pretty wicked stun-.

So those are words that end in -NT, but now let’s do words that have -NT within them where the T gets muted.

Listen and repeat:

Appointment.
Appoin-men-.
What time’s the appoin-men-.

Absentminded.
Absen-minded.
He’s a little absen-minded.

Enchantment.
Enchan-men-.
Someone’s cast an enchan-men- on me.

Resentment.
Resen-men-.
He’s feeling a little resen-men-.

Stuntman.
Stun-man.
I wish I were a stun-man.

Printer.
Prin-er.
We’re going to need a new prin-er.

Centre.
Cen-re.
I’ll meet you guys at the shopping cen-re.

Counter.
Coun-er.
Put your hands on the coun-er.

Hunter.
Hun-er.
That guy likes to hun- ’cause he’s the hun-er.

Mountain.
Moun-ain.
We’re going to go climb the moun-ain.

Accidental.
Acciden-al.
That was acciden-al.

So, that’s it for today guys. That was one simple tip to sound more Australian.

This is a really common thing for native speakers, at least Australian native speakers of English, to do, and it will definitely help you sound a lot more like an Australian if you practise the pronunciation of -NT as just an N sound, and it will also help you understand and hear when people do this, when native speakers do this, when they’re speaking to you.

Can you think of any other words that end with -NT or have -NT in them where you could mute the T?

Comment below and let me know chat to you later guys.

All the best.


Download the PDF + MP3


G’day guys!

I hope you enjoy that episode of Aussie English. If you want to learn how to use what we learned in this video naturally and effortlessly like an Aussie English speaker go down into the description and click the link.

You’ll get instant access to all of the bonus content for this video that will take you through a step-by-step process to learn exactly how to use this just like me.

You also get access to all of the bonus content for the podcast, which you can listen to anywhere anytime to work on your Aussie English.

I’m going to be growing this library over time guys.

I’m going to be adding to it week-by-week, and it’s specifically designed to help you sound just like a fair dinkum Aussie English speaker.

So go over there. Click the link in the description.

I know you’re going to love it, and I’ll speak to you soon.

See you guys.


Members Click Here To Go To The Muted T Course