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“th” [θ] [ð] consonant sounds | English Pronunciation Lesson

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The “th” [θ] and [ð] sounds are commonly mispronounced by English language learners. This is not surprising, because in their first languages, the tongue simply does not move the way it does in English. To produce the “th”  [θ] and [ð] sounds, we: 

  1. place the tip of the tongue between the teeth; then
  2. blow air.

 

    • “th” [θ] (voiceless – no vibration in the vocal chords)
    • “th” [ð] (voiced – the vocal chords vibrate)

A failure to put the tongue between the teeth when making a “th” sound in English results in the:

  • voiceless [θ] –> [s] or [t]

Example

  • Many Chinese speakers say “sinks” instead of “thinks”.
  • voiced [ð] –> [z] or [d]

Example

  • Many French speakers say “zer” instead of “there”.

So, remember, to produce the “th”  [θ] and [ð] sounds, think about where the tip of your tongue is. And put it between your teeth.

Listen and Repeat

[θ]

(voiceless “th”: no vibration in the vocal chords) 

  • thanks”
  • Thanks for coming!”
  • think”
  • “Just think about it.”
  • third”
  • “I got the third highest score.”
  • “breath
  • “It was a breath of fresh air.”

[ð]

(voiced “th”: the vocal chords vibrate)

  • those”
  • Those dogs are so cute!”
  • “breathe”
  • “I can’t breathe well in this climate.”
  • “weather”
  • “The weather is beautiful today!”
  • “bother”
  • “Will you ever stop bothering me about that?”

You can also practice saying the dates in English as another good way to pronounce the “th” consonant sounds.

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