Not many people know about a glottal stop in phonetics, but it is used frequently in informal speech. Read on and I’ll let you in on the secret.

Glottis = the opening between the vocal cords and the larynx.
Glottal stop = stopping the airflow in the glottis.


It’s basically not pronouncing letters correctly (being a bit lazy). Check out my examples below and see which letters a glottal stop can be applied to.

glottal stop definition and examples

when do we use a glottal stop?

So, the glottal stop is used on certain letters. Check the picture so see which ones.

letters we don't pronounce in English

glottal stop practice

Try practicing this using the glottal stop.

letters we don't pronounce in English