The sound /b/ can be in these clusters:
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/bd/ (“bed” / "bbed") - cubed, rubbed
/lb/ ("lb") - bulb
/lbz/ (“lbs”) - bulbs
/rb/ ("rb") - garb
/rbz/ (“rbs”) - orbs
/rbd/ (“rbed”) - barbed
These are both voiced consonants that are pronounced using the lips. However, /b/ is a bilabial stop and /v/ is a labio-dental fricative. When you pronounce /b/, your teeth should not touch your lips and the air in your mouth should be stopped.
You can hear the difference between /b/ and /v/ in these words.
Now, compare /b/ with /m/:
These are both voiced bilabial consonants. However, /b/ is a stop and /m/ is a nasal. When you pronounce /b/, air should come through your mouth but not your nose.
You can hear the difference between /b/ and /m/ in these words.
Now, practice /b/ in sentences. Say the words first, then the sentences.
Put your used bottles in the bin on the curb.
2. bring – ribs – barbecue
We’ll bring a package of ribs to the barbecue.
3. blow – bubbles – beverage
Don’t blow bubbles in your beverage.
4. public – believed – bad
The public believed the bad report.
5. brother – burned – bulb
My brother replaced the burned-out lightbulb.
6. big – blue – suburbs
I live in a big blue house in the suburbs.
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