When many people are asked about the most difficult aspect of learning any language, the most common answer is speaking as this normally involves people trusting in their own ability to get the words out rather than just listening to someone else and understanding them when someone is talking.
Today we are going to focus on how to pronounce the “th” combination in English. There are two different sounds, but a lot of people always pronounce them the same.
Both are made by putting your tongue between your teeth so that the tip of your tongue is touching your teeth.
TH – voiced dental fricative /ð/
This TH sounds like “this” and is a soft sound.
To pronounce this TH, place the tip of your tongue between your top and bottom teeth and vibrate your vocal cords – it’s quite fun!
Words that have the /ð/ sound are:
TH – voiceless dental fricative /θ/
Words with this TH are, for example, “thing” and “thought”. It is a much stronger sound.
To pronounce this TH, do the same: place the tip of your tongue between your teeth but just blow air through your mouth without vibrating your vocal cords.
Words that have the /θ/ sound are:
If you want to hear these sounds out loud, just watch the video below:
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