Pronunciation....Please help me again

Sometimes I don’t seem to hear the ‘d’ pronounced in words like ‘didn’t’, ‘wouldn’t’, ‘couldn’t’. I looked for the pronunciaton on the internet and it seems to be acceptable for American English, but is it for British English? However, what do you say?

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Thank you in advance.

For the native Americans - I have hyperacusis - which can cause pain, frustration, and even terror. However, I don’t think it has anything to do with that.

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I think the ‘d’ is softly pronounced in all the three words you have cited, whether it is in BrE or in AmE.

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Thank you for your reply, Anglophile.

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I think the ‘d’ is often reduced by many speakers but not all as you can hear here:

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Thank you Torsten. This has been a great help, since, as you know I prefer British English over American English and this showed me that the British do slightly or not pronounce the ‘d’. If I’m wrong, just tell me. How is the teaching going?

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I don’t pronounce the D at all.

At Forvo, I heard some Brits, Australians, and Americans pronounce it the way I do, but others from all three countries who didn’t. It seems to be very regional, or maybe specific to a person.

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Thank you for your reply, Dan.

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I pronounce the “d”.

Of course, many people don’t.
If there were no “d”, you might pronounce “shouldn’t” as if it were a single syllable, something close to “shunt”. I think that people acknowledge the “d” and the two syllables by changing pitch at that point, as you would if you were pronouncing the “d”. This seems to be enough for people to hear the correct word.

(This is based on extensive research as I was sitting here muttering to myself.)

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There’s a lot of cool stuff, thanks for asking. I plan to share some details over the Christmas holidays and I’m thrilled that @Andrea has now met some of “my” kids too and they really enjoyed our online session together!

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Do not mutter, my dear wonderful subject, speak up!!! Hahahahahahahaha. Anyway thank you.

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That is wonderful to hear, Torsten. By the way, give my regards to Andrea, preferably in Afrikaans. You know, I do so love that language.

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