The “ng” sound

Ok, so I started to do some online Language teaching and I find it very fun and really challenging so I am just going to share with you what I learn. As a language teacher I really want to make sure that I am effective in what I do. And being effective means making sure that my student will be able to really perfect the activity.

All right, in Bisaya and Tagalog there is what we call the Velar Nasal Consonantal sound which is not really present in English language but hey yes it’s present in all gerund in the word SINGING, RINGING, JUMPING, everything that ends -ING. that’s the “ng” sound in English


Ok let’s have an exercise for this.


PA-NGA-LAN (pɐˈŋaːlan)- this means name

Ok I don’t know if you can imagine how it is being said based on the phonetics there, but I will have to make a video for this I think. It’s really fun. I also like the idea that every time I teach Bisaya, I have learned something new.


Things I have learned:

I never thought English Speaking people have difficulties producing the ŋ sound, in the word PA-NGA-LAN (name)


It’s fun learning different language, especially when you do contrastive analysis or when you do compare one language to another.


I have tested my patience. I haven’t polished my teaching skills but I found myself slowly learning how to be patient. So, to my student Thank you.


There would be more of this in the future. ( I would try to make a video instead so it would be easier to explain)

2 thoughts on “The “ng” sound

  1. Every language has unique sounds that only native speakers could pronounce properly. I find it difficult to pronounce Russian words properly because Russians have unique way of pronouncing their words which is so different from Tagalog. Good luck to your teaching job. 🙂

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