Hold out an “n” sound, feel for the bumpy spot on the top of your mouth just behind your teeth. This is called your alveolar ridge.
When your mouth is at rest, it is best if you breathe through your nose, gently resting your tongue near your alveolar ridge.
There are other times your tongue should be on or near your alveolar ridge as well:
- when you swallow food and drinks
- when you say these sounds: t, d, n, l, s, z
Try saying “na” 10x. Feel for your tongue to touch your alveolar ridge. Now try with “ta”, “da”, “la”, “sa”, and “za”…is your tongue touching* your alveolar ridge?
*for “sa” and “za” your tongue should be nearly touching your alveolar ridge.