How to Pronounce the /m/ Sound

In this lesson, we're gonna learn all the details about the /m/ sound. Even if you don't have it in your language, you will learn all about it.

How to Pronounce the /m/ Sound

In this lesson, we are going to learn about how we can produce the /m/ sound with the appropriate articulatory organs.

What Type of Sound Is /m/?

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

How to Produce /m/?

how to pronounce /m/

As you can see in the picture (a), the lips are simply put on each other, just like when we want to be silent and keep our mouths closed. If you take a look at picture (b), the tongue remains in its place and does not participate in the production of this sound. The circle in the throat is red which indicates that the vocal cords play a part here; so, it is voiced. In order to produce this sound, we close our mouths and start vibrating our vocal cords, making a humming tune. As you can see in picture (b), the uvula has not blocked the air passage. So, the air goes up and comes out from the nose. That is the reason we call this sound 'nasal'.
In picture (c), you can see clearly that no parts of the mouth make contact with the tongue. So, it clarifies that the mouth and the tongue do not participate in the production of the /m/ sound. There the letters that represent the /m/ sound:

Mind /maɪnd/

Marvelous /mɑr·və·ləs/

Seem /siːm/

Album /æl.bəm/

/m/ Sound in 17 Most Common Languages

As you can see in the table below, all of the common languages spoken around the globe have the /m/ sound. So, you can easily learn to produce it in English. Take look below:

The Languages Do You Have It? Examples
Mandarin
Spanish grumete
Hindustani मधु/مکان
Bengali মা
Portuguese mato
Russian муж
Japanese 乾杯
Vietnamese muối
Marathi मन
Turkish benim
French manger
German Maus
Italian mamma
Persian مادر
Arabic (Standard) مطابخ
Korean 마을

Listening

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

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