How to Pronounce the /b/ Sound

Do you know how you can pronounce the /b/ sound? Do you have it in your mother tongue? Still interested in learning more?

How to Pronounce the /b/ Sound

In this lesson, we are going to focus on producing the /b/ sound and see what articulatory organs are used in the process.

What Type of Sound is /b/?

/b/ is a consonant sound in the English language.

How to Produce /b/?

how to pronounce /b/

As you can see in picture (a), in order to produce this sound, we put our lips together. However, as you can see in the picture (b), the teeth are slightly parted. So, we stop the airflow and the uvula blocks the air from coming out of the nose. So, we part our lips, releasing the air, resulting in the /b/ sound. As it is clear, this sound is produced from the mouth. Here, a little red circle in the throat shows the vocal cords. When it is red, it means that we use the vocal cords. So, the sound is voiced.
As you can see, in picture (c), the tongue does not touch anywhere and the voice is directly produced out of the lips. The /b/ sound is produced by these letters:

Bike /bʌɪk/

Billowy /bɪl.oʊ.i/

Suburb /sʌb·ɜrb/

Beautiful /bju·t̬ɪ·fəl/

/b/ Sound in 17 Most Common World Languages

As you can see in the table below, most of the common world languages already have the /b/ sound. Although languages like Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese do not have this sound which means that these learners have to practice a bit more. Look:

The Languages Do You Have It? Examples
Mandarin X -
Spanish invertir
Hindustani बाल / بال
Bengali বলো
Portuguese bato
Russian рыба
Japanese
Vietnamese X -
Marathi बटाटा
Turkish bulut
French boue
German aber
Italian bile
Persian خوب
Arabic (Standard) باب
Korean 지붕

Listening

Below, there is an audio file that helps you learn the proper pronunciation of the /b/ sound:

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