Caution! You need to be careful around “ng” in words like sing, hang, long, strong, and belong.
Even though we spell them using G, most of the times we do not pronounce the hard G at the end! When we spell a word with -ng, it often makes whole new sound, like in the word “ring” or “sing” we pronounce the “ing” sound, but we do not pronounce the G sound.
Here are some rules to remember:
If a word ends in -ing, like action words (baking, catching, dancing, feeding, jumping, running) or nouns or verbs with -ng in the root word (king, ring, song, spring, slang, thing, wrong) never pronounce hard G at the end, always use a soft [ng].
Hear the -ng words here.
Other words include a hard G sound after pronouncing [ng]. You often see this in the middle of words (anger, English, finger, hunger, jingle, jungle, stronger, younger, single).
Here the -ng words with hard G here.
Make a list in your notebook (you are keeping a notebook of challenging sounds, aren’t you?) and memorize the troublesome words!