The importance of pronouncing -ing
With an unperceptive -ing sound, unfortunately, words such as “thin” “thing” and ” think” end to be pronounced exactly the same. Luckily, I found a really useful example to understand how to pronounce -ing. The English “-ing” ending should sound like the “in” in the Spanish word “Cinco”, where our throat closes up just before you get to the last syllable -co. The tongue must not touch your teeth or the roof of your mouth when you end the word.
The following video helps to visualise the correct position of the tongue:
Sentences for practising:
- Will you sing at the spring fling?
- The cat is sitting on a ball of string.
- I put a ding in my car.
- The king wore a large signet ring on his finger.
- Jane had a sling on her arm after she fell.
- You are wearing too much bling for the wedding.
- Do you like to use the search engine Bing?
- The bee will sting you, but not on its wing.
- I like to play ping pong.
- There is one thing I’d like to know.