Producing the Initial ‘Ng’ /ŋ/ in Asian Languages

The initial 'ng' /ŋ/ sound in many Asian languages is problematic for many western learners of those languages.

Next to getting the tones right, the initial ‘Ng’ sound that is found in so many Asian languages proves to be one of the major pronunciation issues for non-Asian learners of ‘initial ng’ languages.The languages that have an initial NG sound include:

  • Thai
  • Lao
  • Cantonese and other Chinese Languages / Dialects (especially southern dialects)
  • Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Daerah (regional Indonesian / Malay languages)
  • Tagalog and other languages of the Philippines
  • Vietnamese
  • Hill Tribe Languages in SE Asia

This is not an exhaustive list.

I put this clip together as part of the resources for my free Language and Mind Mastery Group at http://stujay.com.

The origins of the initial ‘ng’ sound and functions it plays are fascinating.  Understanding it will help you understand many other things about those languages as the ‘ng’ is a part of a ‘greater system’.

For Language and Mind Mastery Group members, I will be doing an extensive article on the ‘Ng’ sound – why it’s there, how to produce it and gaining a deep understanding on the functions that it serves in Indonesian, Thai, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog and other languages.

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Stuart Jay Raj
http://stujay.com

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.