88 Comments on “English Pronunciation – 3 Common Mistakes, part 2 – ‘t’ & ‘d’”

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Hi James,
Great lessons man. I am new in USA and i am sure these are going to help me alot to improve my English language and also it correct pronounciation. I have a question for you. You have mentioned that sometimes “ed” is pronounced as “t”, now here is my question, How can we know that which word ending with “ed” will pronounce as “t”?.

Friday, January 30th 2009

    Well,..i’m about to ask the same question…

    Monday, October 24th 2011

    Look Asim
    you pronounce ‘ed’ as ‘t’
    when the main verb ended with:
    ‘s’ like : missed = /misst/
    ‘k’ like : walked = /walkt/
    ‘p’ like : helped = /helpt/
    ‘sh’ like : wash = /washt/
    ‘ch’ like :watched =/watcht/
    /f/ sound like : laughed = /laught/

    Wednesday, February 8th 2012

Hi james, I’m Jack.
Actually, I already replyed something on the Forum but there’s no answer. As far as I said, you and rebecca have great skill to teach
English. I bet it. By the way, I have a favor.
First of all, can I watch your lesson frequently? I mean new lesson is uploaded a quite long time. I wanna watch your lesson once or twice
a week even if you’re so busy please.
Second, here is a few lesson for advanced group compared to any
level of group. That’s all.

S T & D.. hm.. .. I’ve rememberd.. hehe..
Anyway, I completely appreciate your lesson. See you later. ^^

Sunday, February 1st 2009

HI jams don’t play games,

How r u doing dude, this is paul chaitanya and i want you to help me regaring learning english language in better way . To br honest, i want to learn all lession which are showing by video tape, are you providing cource in the form of cd’s?. I want to buy that cd’s if possible.

Please help me out, i am from india

Friday, February 6th 2009

nice lessons sir james i love it this is dolly from Philippines/…

Sunday, April 26th 2009

thank you very much teacher James,this lesson helped me alot.

Wednesday, May 27th 2009

Would you please give me some adviced to pronounce these words and to listen them effectively when a native speaker speaks. I am often confused.


Sunday, August 2nd 2009

    D has T sound,when your vocal cords vibe

    Saturday, December 25th 2010

      You have it mixed up. The d sound is when your voice box vibrate. When you pronounce the t sound your voice box doesn’t vibrate.

      Monday, August 13th 2012

hi sir james thanks for the lessons
ahmm can i ask a favor??what should i do i can write in english well but when it comes in speaking i cant do it right,it seems that im choking everytime i speak in english i cant spoke it out,what should i do sir??

Friday, November 20th 2009

Hi James! This is a great lesson and all the series as well. I don’t understand why so little commentaries. In this series you spoke slowly and very clear for me. I will listen this videos many times again. Thank you!

Monday, February 1st 2010

hey great lessons.

Thursday, May 6th 2010

good job, i appreciate it,but you’d better put a subtitle for the video

Monday, June 7th 2010

please, i need its subtitle

Monday, June 7th 2010

Hi Jimes and thanks for your lessons!
I’d like to ask you a question about the ‘t’ sound for the past tense of verbs.
How could I know whether I have to pronounce it like a ‘t’ or like a ‘d’ sound? Is there any rule?

Monday, August 30th 2010

I am very pleaser to improve my englsih and I thank you for help me .

Monday, August 30th 2010

hello friend you know your lessons are appreciated here in Morocco. As far as the “t” pronounciation i can add the following:
ss,sh,ch,ck, k,p +ed = T

Sunday, September 5th 2010

Hi, James. I really like ur style when u teach. I like u.hihihi…

Saturday, November 20th 2010

Happy New Year James! I have one question for you. Is it correct to use future simple after “If”? I am from Russia. I was always tought this is mistake except phrase “If you will”. Thank you for your lessons!

Sunday, January 2nd 2011

Hi James Sir,
Please tell me how we pronounce the words ‘send’ and ‘sent’ differently??
Also where is the TH class??

Sunday, January 9th 2011

Hi James I have been watching all your videos on youtube. I missed the first video on this leasson. And where can i find the frist video on this leasson.

Friday, January 14th 2011
    Friday, January 14th 2011

      Hello James, thanks for the video. When you have a chance, please have a video lesson on all of the 44 sounds of English. I would really appreciate it. Keep up the good work.

      Monday, August 13th 2012

Hi James,
U always smile when you teach, I like it. I watched almost ur lesson, It’s very great. But sometimes You speak very fast and not clear, I can’t hear that. Mr Le from Vietnam.

Friday, January 14th 2011

What is different between prep. to and prep.for? thank uuuuuuuuu

Monday, February 21st 2011

Hi, I like Your way in presenting information , & your lesson R very helpful.
Thank u .

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

lot of benefit to prove english’s skills

Saturday, March 19th 2011

Hi Jams,
I think you are a great teacher. I enjoy listening to your lessons. You make them very simple.
Gentiana from Albania.

Saturday, March 19th 2011

hi james you are not as good as ronnie

Saturday, May 14th 2011

Hi,teacher James…
You are very good teacher,I have learned so much from you.Keep it the the good work…

Friday, June 10th 2011

Awesome lessons, James! Thanks alot!
Regards from Russia

Monday, June 20th 2011

Hi James thanks for your lesson but I am not satiesfied with your lesson as you have not taught about the pronouncian between T&D that is how to pronounce in mouth.

Monday, June 20th 2011

I have been watching u lesson for long time It is very good fo me and may others. Thanks a lot. plz any mistake my writing forgive me.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011

How can we know that which word ending with “ed” will pronounce as “t”

Sunday, July 24th 2011

    You have to learn the rule. The rule is if the verb ends with a voiceless sound, then you pronounce the ed as t. If the verb ends with a voiced sound, then ed will be pronounced as d. If the verb ends with the letter t or d, then you need to add another syllable id/ed. For example, wanted=wantid/ed needed=needid/ed. If it’s an adjective like crooked,blessed,learned,gifted ect.. then you also add another syllable id/ed. All of the vowels will have a d sound. I hope that will help you with how to pronounce the ed ending.

    Monday, August 13th 2012

Hi James
I like your way of teaching. You make every topic easy by the way you talk and write and by making eye movements and body gesture. thanks sir.

Wednesday, September 7th 2011


Monday, September 26th 2011

your pronounciation is very good but if you make it slow
shokrullah khamosh from afghanistan

Sunday, October 9th 2011

Thank you very much sir.

Sunday, October 16th 2011

your pronounciation is very good but if you make it slow

Thursday, October 20th 2011

Thank you *———-*

Tuesday, November 1st 2011

nice teaching and your pronounciation is absolutley superb….i have to improve my writing knowledge haw can i get??

Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

I’ll not forget STD :)

Friday, November 4th 2011


Thursday, November 17th 2011

STD )))

Thursday, November 17th 2011

thanks teacher I am from Peru i love how you teach

Wednesday, December 14th 2011

Thank you very much Mr.James for your lesson, that is very well for non-native speakers, Im from kurdistan.

Friday, February 3rd 2012

thanks my good teacher James God bless you I learn more from you sir

Friday, February 24th 2012

Hello James.I know the number of fhonemes is not so big, beetwen 30 an 50, maybe. In Spanish it is lower than in english and it makes difficult for us to recognize some words because we don’t recongnize the sounds, the fhonetic sounds. Why don’t you organize a set, a series of lessons which would cover all of then, from “a” to “z”, giving examples and telling the diferences beetwen countries?

Friday, March 16th 2012

hey , james ,ur my favourite teacher so plz i want to make a video on american t sound coz i’m willing to learn american accent ,thanks

Friday, April 6th 2012

James!!!! I didnt understand when use d or t, because both are in past tense… I know?

Thursday, May 17th 2012

From Azerbaijan.You are great teacher You are my favourite teacher.

Tuesday, June 19th 2012

I will immediately seize your rss as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please allow me realize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

Friday, June 29th 2012

    You can use the RSS feed.

    Friday, June 29th 2012

Thank you so much james

Saturday, June 30th 2012

Thank you very much for this lession.

Friday, July 6th 2012

Hahaha, still laughing! Nice work ! Humour is the key ! Knowledge is the subject. Nice way to explain things.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

hi dear friend.i just checked ur site but i cant see the s filtered in can i see it?plz help me.

Thursday, August 9th 2012

when to pronounce the ed ending sound as a t or d sound is not as hard as you think. I assume that all of us know the difference between voiced and voiceless sound, but for those of us that don’t this is what it means. A voiceless sound is when you can feel the air and your voicebox doesn’t vibrate when you make a sound and vice versa. For example, the sound of the letter b and p. The sound of the letter b you can not feel the air coming from your mouth and your voicebox vibrate so it’s a voiced sound. With the p sound you can feel the puff of air coming from your mouth and voicebox doesn’t vibrate so it’s a voiceless sound. when ed ends with a voiceless sound it takes a t sound and d sound when it a voiced sound. If the verb ends with a letter t,d or if it’s an adjective, then you have to add an extra syllable id/ed. All of the vowel sounds will pronounced as d sound.

Saturday, August 11th 2012

thank you very much sir James,i learned a lot from these lessons .this is eslam from egypt.

Sunday, September 9th 2012

You are an interesting person and the way you teach is great!!!

Friday, September 21st 2012

really good job is done by

Monday, October 8th 2012

thanks man, you do great job . you helped me lot.

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Good job! Cam on (Thanks)!

Sunday, November 4th 2012


can you please clarify that stressing “t” at the end of the word is not correct or not?

For e.g doubt, conduct, complete, contact,etc..


Thursday, December 6th 2012

Hi Jame
your video is very informative. How would you pronounce the word “needed” and “wanted”? they arent the t or d sound in the end.

Sunday, February 10th 2013

quick lesson
but very useful

Monday, April 1st 2013

hi james
your lesson was very interresting i hqve got some probleme when i pronounce that “d” at the end of the sentence cqn you help me

Friday, April 12th 2013


Thursday, April 18th 2013

an interesting and helpful lesson of pronunciation. thanks James!

Friday, October 4th 2013

i wanna know the situation where is t is pronunced like d

Monday, December 23rd 2013

Hi James: Thanks for not only this class, but for all lesssons. You are one of the responsible that, i don´t study english for obligation, until i watch your lessons I study for curiosity and like a hobby. Thanks a lot, so please continue making more videos. Kind regards. Joaquin

Monday, March 3rd 2014

what about the ‘d from past perfect or would.

I had gone. I’d gone.
I would study. I’d study.

Monday, June 2nd 2014

Excelent answer TareQ

Sunday, July 27th 2014

thank you >

Monday, December 29th 2014

His heavy american accent is awful! Most things he says I Can not understand.Is he a rap singer? Kkkk

Tuesday, August 18th 2015

I really enjoyed myself this video , congrats !

Wednesday, January 13th 2016

Thank you so much, it was so wonderful, you are great.

Monday, July 11th 2016

Mr James, you best of the best!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 25th 2016

Ok, so was the STD used just to remember the importance of the T, D and S, or I don’t get this lesson?

Tuesday, August 30th 2016

I studied that the sound “t” is for past tenses and participles of verbs which finished in “-k,-p,-s,-th,-ch” and the sound “d” for the rest of past tenses and participles except those verbs which finished in “-t and -d” which sounded like “ed”, but now the sound “t” is also emphasized in the negative form of the verb with a strong sound which makes the difference between the positive form and the negative form. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid.

Sunday, November 20th 2016

Thanks James, you helped me a lot! Great work!

Friday, January 26th 2018


Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Great lesson, thanks James

Monday, February 26th 2018

I’m from south korean. This is lesson that I am so happy. I’m studying english allway. It is confuced now. thanks al lot. James

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

Good video thanks

Tuesday, September 11th 2018

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