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From the position for normal breathing, you move your soft palate upwards and shut off the nasal cavity. Then you round your lips, leaving a rather close air passage there, and at the same time, you raise the back part of your tongue pretty high towards the roof of the mouth cavity, but not touching it, thus leaving a rather narrow air passage in the back part of your mouth cavity. You breathe out, letting your vocal cords vibrate.

Wait a minute! You’ve just pronounced a /__/ sound ! Then you lower the tongue, particularly its front part, to a very open position, never stopping the vocal cord vibration. Then, after about 60 msec. or so, you move the front to central part of your tongue towards the position which is just above the close-mid.

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    A riddle or homework, what do you hear when you do this? Follow the position, you've got height and backness as well as rounding. – livresque Mar 25 at 0:13
  • Right, I have no idea what sound it’s attempting to elicit- the directions unclear to me. – Jim Mar 25 at 4:53
  • Gargle? Gurgle? – Tinfoil Hat Mar 25 at 5:01
  • It belongs on Linguistics SE – Decapitated Soul Apr 24 at 8:12
  • This is not a riddle. Please change the title to reflect what you are actually asking. In fact you appear to be asking three questions. This isn't a question about English. It might belong on Linguistics, but it's not clear which sound you want an answer for (and we shouldn't migrate questions which will be still be unanswerable on the target site). – Andrew Leach Apr 24 at 8:22
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I can only help with the first paragraph,from there on, it's outside my pay bracket

From the position for normal breathing, you move your soft palate upwards and shut off the nasal cavity.

It means the sound is an oral sound, not nasal

Then you round your lips

So labialised (consonant) or rounded (vowel) sound

leaving a rather close air passage there

It's certainly not a vowel; it may either be a fricative or an approximant

and at the same time, you raise the back part of your tongue pretty high towards the roof of the mouth cavity, but not touching it, thus leaving a rather narrow air passage in the back part of your mouth cavity.

If it's the back of the mouth, it could be velar or even uvular, but it's unclear

You breathe out, letting your vocal cords vibrate

It means the sound is voiced, not voiceless

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  • What does it mean to shut off the nasal cavity using your soft palate? I know how to prevent air flow through my nose but I do that by raising the back of my tongue, but the next step says don’t do that- leave some space. – Jim Mar 25 at 23:19
  • @Jim: You shut off the nasal cavity by moving the soft palate upwards; when it moves upwards, it blocks the airflow through the nose. (Soft palate is a technical term for the back of the tongue,so you're right.) In the next step, it says leave some space in the oral/mouth cavity, not nasal. //// (The sound seems to be either [w] or [ɣʷ].) – Decapitated Soul Mar 26 at 4:52
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    @DecapitatedSoul The soft palate is not the back of the tongue. It is the rearmost part of the roof of the mouth. – Andrew Leach Apr 24 at 8:18

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