An Online TOEFL student, Khaled is having trouble pronouncing the glottal stop sound in words like haTrack and mounTain.

One thing is for sure: after joining an Online TOEFL course called “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT,” Khaled did not waste time beginning his vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking lessons.  After just a few days, when he was busy completing some of the pronunciation lessons in his new Online TOEFL Course, he came across a lesson that was difficult for him to complete.  In frustration and to get clarification to make sure he was on track to improving his speaking and pronunciation of American English. he E-mailed his TOEFL speaking mentor Michael Buckhoff:

Hi Michael,

I was studying Lesson 15: “Practice Exercises for the “Horse” versus “HaTrack” Consonants” because it was the one of my gaps in the Vowel and consonant pretest. I was facing a lot to produce the glottal stop sound but no way :(. Is it important for us to speak with that sound? Or Do I just need to know about it for listening? Additionally, Please I need to confirm my understanding regarding this sound, i understood that it only replaces the consonant sound /t/ for informal speech use.

Thanks a lot.


What a clever question, his TOEFL mentor thought.  And to help Khaled understand more about the glottal stop sound, Michael prepared the following video:

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