How to Pronounce the /p/ Sound

In this lesson, we're going to learn about the /p/ sound. Even if you don't have it in your language, it's fine cause I will teach it here.

How to Pronounce the /p/ Sound

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

What Type of Sound Is /p/?

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

How to Produce /p/?

how to produce /p/

As you can see in picture (a), in order to produce it, the lips come together. Note that we stop the air from coming out, and also, the uvula blocks the nasal passage so as not to let the air out of the nose. As you can see, in picture (b), the teeth are slightly parted. Then, the lips are separated and the air is released. The /p/ sound is produced from the mouth. Note that the air must come out with force so you can hold a piece of paper in front of your mouth to see whether you are doing it correctly or not. The paper must move greatly when the air is released. As you can see in picture (b), the circle in the throat is not red in this sound which means that we do not vibrate our vocal cords. So, it is voiceless.
In picture (c ), we can see that the tongue makes no contact with any part of the mouth. It simply remains in its place because it does not participate in the production of this sound. Below, there are letters that represent the /p/ sound:

Point /pɔɪn/

Picture /pɪk·tʃər/

Stop /stɑːp/

Pace /peɪs/

/p/ Sound in 17 Most Common World Languages

As you can see in the table below, most languages have the /p/ sound. Only Arabic and Mandarin Chinese do not have it. So, most people can easily produce this sound when learning English. Look:

The Languages Do You Have It? Examples
Mandarin x -
Spanish peso
Hindustani पल/پل
Bengali পানি
Portuguese pai
Russian плод
Japanese ポスト
Vietnamese nhíp
Marathi पाऊस
Turkish kap
French pomme
German Pack
Italian papà
Persian پول
Arabic (Standard) x -
Korean

Listening

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

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