One student said she has difficulty with –STS at the end of words, as in costs and guests – how can she pronounce it better?
Well, the way I do it is while making the SSS sound, I just quickly touch my tongue to the back of my teeth to interrupt the S and make a tiny T sound.
When speaking fast, we only hear a tiny hint of the T. In fact, sometimes it just turns into a long –SSS sound!
Here are some examples:
- costs – It costs forty dollars.
- guests – We’re guests at this hotel.
- scientists – The scientists made a discovery.
- tests – I have two tests tomorrow.
- wrists – My wrists hurt.
- trusts – He trusts you.
Hope this helps – thanks for watching and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!