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I am talking American English now. Usually when a "t" comes at the end of the word "wheat" or before "n" or "m" sounds as in "mountain" and "treatment", the t sound is not pronounced and i pronounced as a glottal stop instead. Can I do the same with the word "netflix"?

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Yes. The /t/ would go, except for an optional gloʔʔal stop. –  John Lawler Mar 24 '14 at 4:34
@JohnLawler You mean you could pronounce it or it could have a gloʔʔl no? You can't say /nɛflɪks/ in Gen Am can you? –  Araucaria Oct 4 '14 at 20:14
I can't, at any rate. The usual fate of /t/ before a cluster in my speech is to become [ʔ]. –  John Lawler Oct 4 '14 at 21:08

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In certain parts of America (but not all), you can use a glottal stop for a t in Netflix, as well as many double t's (kitten, button), terminal t's (but, net, fit, cat, pet, cot, bought). This will net you some strange looks in your travels, though. Being from New England originally, this was standard to my ear, but I had to change it as I moved around because of the unwanted attention it called to itself. If you can avoid it, it might to be to your benefit; those who use glottal stops will hardly notice it, and those who hear t's will find your English good.

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It's very common before syllabic 'n', as in kitten, and I don't think it would be unusual in Netflix. My impression is that it is unusual in much of the U.S. at the ends of words, like but, net, fit, cat. –  Peter Shor Mar 24 '14 at 13:55
I live in Washington and it's just jarring whenever I hear someone use a glottal stop for a 't'. I pronounce kitten... kit-ten whereas ki'un sounds weird like the person forgot there was a 't' in the word or refused to pronounce it for religious reasons. In one episode of TMZ, a reporter used the glottal stop 't' and Harvey stopped the show until she pronounced it with the 't' intact. –  user93449 Oct 4 '14 at 17:31

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