How To Say G & Cues

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How To Say G

To learn how to say G we must know what each articulator (lips, tongue, teeth, breath, and voice) does. If you have been working on K, G is very similar.  The only difference is that G is a voiced sound. 

Note: The sound /g/ and the letter G are not always the same thing. For example, the G in the name George is actually the "J" sound as in "jar." 

Lips: Lips are slightly open

Tongue: The back of the tongue is pressed against the top back part of the mouth (try it and feel where your tongue is)

Teeth: Teeth are slightly apart in a neutral position

Breath: /G/ is a stop or plosive sound which means the air bursts out of the mouth upon sound production

Voice: /G/ is a voiced sound so your voice box is turned on. 

Please say G in front of a mirror and look and feel what all your muscles are doing. Once you have a good handle on it, you can teach your child!

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Speech therapists use a variety of cues during therapy including tactile (touch), verbal (words), and visual (visual models/mirrors) to elicit a correct sound production. Below are the most useful cues for /g/.


  1. Open mouth wide to show how the tongue is in the back of the mouth when saying /g/
  2. Place your hand on your throat to remind your child to move their tongue to the back 


  1. Say "move tongue back"
  2. Say “tongue back"
  3. Say "tongue up and back"


  1. Touch your child's throat lightly to encourage him or her to move their tongue back
  2. Tell your child to touch their throat while saying /g/ to "help" their tongue move to the right position

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What's Next:

Now that your know how to say G and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach G !

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