Learn how to pronounce the words SHUTTER & SHUDDER with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.


SHUTTER is a hinged panel on the outside of a window.

SHUDDER means to tremble with fear.


These words are homophones and are pronounced exactly the same way: SH-short u-D-ER or /ʃʌdər/.


She felt her bout shudder as the shutter hit the window during the storm.

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Hi Jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday. These words are pronounced exactly the same way, different spellings, different meanings.

We have
a shutter which is a hinged panel on the outside of a window and
shudder means you tremble with fear

So to say these words correctly we have two beats or two syllables: sha der

Start this word with the sh sound: two letters one sound shh. This is a quiet sound shh. To do this pucker your lips. Tongue is not touching your teeth. shh Air just continues to move out. Next relax your lips and your tongue for the uh sound shuh shuh.

Then we’re going to move to the d sound. Touch the tip of the tongue to the back of your top front teeth and then pull that tongue either pointing it down or flipping it back away from the teeth. Back of the tongue is pulled way high up. And then you’re going to make your lips square and tense for that er
der der

This is actually a flap t, which is a super fast d sound. I think that’s the easiest way to think about it. Some people make this a little further back in their mouth by touching the top of their mouth, but if you think about it as a fast d, you should be okay. Let’s put it all together:

shutter shutter shutter
shudder shudder shudder

And now for a sentence:
She felt her body shudder as the shutter hit the window during the storm.

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