Most of you find speaking the hardest aspect of learning English.
Let’s see 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/
Ok, ok, that doesn’t help a lot. 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:
Good job! Now all you have to do is practice! If you want to hear these sounds out loud, just watch the video below:Get the Flash Player to see this player.
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