sound of d

This video lesson is designed for children aged 3-6 years to teach them the phonics sound of the letter ‘d’ and how to pronounce the words starting with it.

Learning the phonics sounds of the alphabet is the first step in learning spelling and vocabulary. Phonics helps children read faster and more fluently. In our previous video lesson, we learned about what phonics is, the benefits of learning phonics, and the phonic sound of c. This video lesson is the 4th in a row of learning phonics. 

Why is it Important to Learn Letter Sounds?

In Phonics, the alphabetic principle is used so that children can concentrate on understanding the meaning of the words, which is the core purpose of reading. It becomes easier to learn to read and write when sounds associated with letters are recognized automatically.

The alphabetic principle has two parts:

  1. Understanding the alphabet involves knowing that words are composed of letters that represent sounds.
  2. In the phonological recording, the letters or sounds in printed words can be translated into the sounds they make so the words can be read and pronounced correctly.

What Kind of Consonant is the Letter d?

Letter d is a voiced consonant because the sound it produces is made with vocal fold vibration and is said to be voiced.

What is the Sound of the Letter ‘d’?

Voiced ‘d sounds’ /d/ ‌ vibrate while produced and are the counterpoint to unvoiced ‘t sounds’ /t/. In order to produce the /d/ sound, the tip of the tongue presses against the tooth ridge, while the sides press against upper side teeth. The air is then expelled to produce the sound.

Note: Every time the letter D is spoken, the tip of the tongue should touch the upper part of the mouth. 

What are the Words Starting with d?

This video allows the child to explore the short consonant sound of the English letter ‘D’.  Let us learn how to pronounce the letter d while identifying the different words such as dog, dustpan, and dice. 

How to Introduce the Pronunciation of ‘d’ Sound to the Child?

  1. Invite the child to the table and tell them, today we are going to learn the sound of the letter ‘d’ produces.
  2. Show the child what the letter ‘d’ looks like and the sound of the letter ‘l’.
  3. Say it several times by producing the /dah/ sound as demonstrated in the video.
  4. Ask the child to repeat the sound after you.
  5. Show the child a picture or miniature of words starting with ‘d’ such as a dog. 
  6. Repeat the sound of the letter d every time while showing the image of the dog. 
  7. Now show another picture and again produce the letter ‘d’ sound.
  8. Ask the child to pronounce the letter ‘d’ and practice it.

Watch the video to learn how the sounds of the letter ‘d’ are repeated for each word so that the child can hear and pronounce the words accurately.

More Pronunciation Videos:

  1. Pronunciation of the letter ‘b’
  2. Pronunciation of the letter ‘g’
  3. Pronunciation of the letter ‘e’
  4. Pronunciation of the letter ‘f’

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Video created by: Strykun Olena


  • English
  • Language
  • phonic sound
  • primary
  • primary level
  • pronunciation