Learn how to pronounce the words close, closed, closes, closing, clothes with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.
Close means to shut.
Close and clothes are homophones and are pronounced the same way: K-L-O-Z or /kloʊz/.
Close is pronounced with one syllable: kloz or /kloʊz/.
Closed is pronounced with one syllable: kloz or /kloʊzd/.
Closes is pronounced with two syllables: kloz-iz or /kloʊzɪz/
Closing is pronounced with two syllables: kloz-ing or /kloʊzɪŋ/
This may be helpful:
Close the door while I put on my new clothes.
My second grade teacher always closed the door. If you don’t close the close, she would ask, were you born in a barn.
Who closed the door in your house the most?
Hello everyone it is Jennifer with Tarle speech with your question of the week. Our word today is close which is to shut and some of the variations of that word. So here is our word close.
So let’s just look at the word itself to say close correctly we are going to start with that k sound – the tip of your tongue is going to be low in your mouth and the back of your tongue is pulled up and the air just puffs out.
Then we’re going to move to the l sound – tip of the tongue is touching the back of the top front teeth. What you want to do for this is you want to move quickly and you do not want to add a vowel sound between these two sounds you do not want to say KA L
We do not want that you want to say kl kl kl. So how I do that is my mouth stays in relatively the same place and I move my tongue only kl kl.
Then we’re going to move to the long o to do this you’re going to open your mouth and then pucker o. That is going to move your tongue from low in your mouth to a little bit higher O and again think about your tongue just sort of going along for the ride it’s going to move up as you move from the open mouth to the pucker o.
Then we’re going to end with the z sound z to do this your tongue is either behind your top front teeth or pointing down it is not touching your teeth that allows the air to keep moving out of your mouth and your voice box is on and vibrating let’s put it all together
close close close close close
Now what do we do when we add an ed, an s, or an i n g? When you add the e d all we’re going to do is just add one more sound that d sound and to do that we’re going to say the z z then we’re going to touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth for that d
And yes your tongue will pop down a little bit after you say that d sound
Now for closes and closing we need to add a second beat or a second syllable to the word. So to say closes we’re going to think about adding the word is and to do that we’re just going to add the short ih sound mouth is just opened a tiny bit and the tongue is behind the top front teeth that’s not touching
closes closes closes closes
And then for close-ing again short i sound your mouth is slightly open. Tongue is high and flat just behind those top front teeth and then you are going to move the tongue down to the bottom of the mouth back of the tongue is pulled way high up and the air is going to move out of your nose for the ng ng
closing closing closing closing closing
So again we have
close closed closes and closing
close closed closes closing
Now I do have one little bonus tip for all of you I actually have a video for the this word on my site already and that is the word clothes, like what we wear every day, and we have c-l-o-t-h-e-s. Quick tip you don’t even have to say that th sound you can just say the z and that’s because the z is just really strong here and overtakes that th. So again we can say close as in shut and clothes as in what we wear the exact same way as kloz
close clothes close
So close the door while I put on my new clothes.
All right and then let’s do a sentence for these words as well:
My second grade teacher always closed the door, if you don’t close the door, she would ask, were you born in a barn? Who closes the door in your house the most?
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