What is the proper way to say important?
Is the T silent in important?
I’m going to give you two different ways to pronounce this word. If you look in a dictionary, it says the pronunciation is: important. Important, with two fully pronounced True T’s. Dictionaries haven’t really caught up when it comes to the habits of Americans and the pronunciation of the letter T.
How do the British pronounce important?
Below is the UK transcription for ‘important‘: Modern IPA: ɪmpóːtənt. Traditional IPA: ɪmˈpɔːtənt. 3 syllables: “im” + “PAW” + “tuhnt”
Why can’t people pronounce the word important?
The tip of your tongue must touch the front of your palate, just above your teeth. That’s a long move to make between the two “back of the mouth” sounds flanking it in the word important. And that’s how pronunciation changes — unconscious laziness. It’s easier to substitute a glottal stop for the “t” sound.