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are two sounds for the Th. There is
either a smooth sound or a popped sound.
Both are made from the basic TH position: the tongue is slightly
between the teeth in a relaxed position. Some people can make this
sound with the tongue just behind the front teeth.*
The smooth sound of TH is only used with common words. Begin by using this list:
words are pronounced with a
vibrating or voiced Th.
Leave your tongue in the Th position for a moment and let the sound
air leaves your mouth. This is a reduced sound and applies to very common words.
words have been smoothed through every day use.
words that begin with Th are
pronounced with the more
known popped sound. The tongue
is between the teeth and the sound pops
out as the tongue is
This is the sound we hear in words like these:
*In some languages, there is no Th or the Th is pronounced as a D or Z. It is important for learners from these backgrounds to master the Th sounds. If the Th is popped all the time and never voiced, it may also sound like a D to people who expect a softer sound. Both D and Z are made with the tongue touching the roof (which is the top) of the mouth. To make sure you are making a TH sound, put your tongue slightly between your teeth.
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