Pronouncing Letter T, D, and R in Hmong

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Here is a brief explanation of how to pronounce T, D and R in Hmong.

 

Letter T in Hmong. Similar to ต in Thai.

Letter T in Hmong. Similar to ต in Thai.

You place your tongue against the back of your front (top) teeth and make a D sound. This would be identical to ต in Thai. Keep in mind that if there is a puff of air along with it, you are pronouncing the letter ‘TH’ in Hmong.

 

Next, the D:

The letter 'D' in Hmong. Similar to 'ด' in Thai or the letter 'D' in English.

The letter ‘D’ in Hmong. Similar to ‘ด’ in Thai or the letter ‘D’ in English.

You need to move your tongue up slightly from the T and make a D sound. This would be identical to the ด sound in Thai or the T sound in English. Again, if there is a puff of air along with it, it is ‘DH,’ not ‘D.’

 

Now the R:

The Letter R in Hmong. No Equivalent letter in Thai or English but your tongue is placed slightly above where it would be for the letter 'D.' The sound produced should be kind of like 'dr' in 'draw.'

The Letter R in Hmong. No Equivalent letter in Thai or English but your tongue is placed slightly above where it would be for the letter ‘D.’ The sound produced should be kind of like ‘dr’ in ‘draw.’

With the ‘R’ you need to move your tongue up slightly from the ‘D’ position and make a ‘D’ sound again. However, it should come out sounding more like a ‘DR’ sound, as in the English word, ‘draw.’ It can’t be stressed enough that if a puff of air comes out along with the letter, you are then pronouncing the letter ‘RH,’ not ‘R’

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