IPA phoneme /b/

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b

boy /bɔɪ/

In Received Pronunciation and in General American, the IPA phonetic symbol /b/ corresponds to the initial consonant sound in words like "boy", and "band" and the final one in "pub" and "globe".

/b/ is a voiced consonant; its unvoiced counterpart is IPA phoneme /p/.

Common words

IPA vowels
æ ɑː
trap father - start
e
dress face square
ɪ ɪə
kit fleece near
ɒ əʊ ɔː
lot goat taught
ʊ ʊə
foot goose mature
juː jʊə
cute cure
ʌ ə ɜː
strut comma nurse
ɔɪ
price mouth choice

Some common words which practice the initial pronunciation of /b/ include the following:

  • ball - bear - bird - black - blue - body - book - bring - brother - bull - busy

Some common words which practice the mid-position pronunciation of /b/ include the following:

  • able - about - cabbage - double - number - problem - public - rabbit - remember - subject

Some common words which practice the final pronunciation of /b/ include the following:

  • club - disturb - grab - job - pub - verb - web

/b.b/

Normally double "b" is pronounced as a single /b/ (as in "rabbit" or "grabbing"). In the following examples two /b/'s are pronounced.

  • subbasement, subbranch, subbronchial

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following section aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.

Spanish

The main difficulty is the difference between /b/ and /v/, that is, they may have difficulty distinguishing between "ban" and "van".

The spelling confuses some students and they may pronounce silent "b"s, as */klaɪmb/ for "climb" (/klaɪm/).

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