Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello, guys. My name is F@nny. Welcome to this English pronunciation video. In this video, we are going to talk about two very confusing consonant sounds - The /f/ sound and the th /θ/ sound. So /f/ and /θ/. Now I know they may sound very similar but they are actually different. And they are two very important sounds in the English language so I want you to be able to pronounce them correctly. Let's start with two example words. The first example word that I have is 'fin' with an /f/ sound. 'fin' The second word is slightly different. It's 'thin'. It's a th /θ/ sound. 'thin' So 'fin' and 'thin'. I know they may sound very similar but they are different. We are going to practice together and I promise you by the end of this video, you will hear the difference. Let's keep watching. Before we learn about the consonant sounds /f/ and /θ/ in English, you should know about the I.P.A spelling. It's very important. You can also watch me and how I move my mouth. And obviously always try to repeat after me, guys. I know you can make those sounds. Let's do it. Now, first, let's practice how to make the /f/ sound in English. It's unvoiced. So you're not going to use your voice. No vibration in your throat. You're going to put your teeth against your lower lip and you're going to push out some air through your teeth and your lower lip. So… /f/ Please watch my mouth, repeat after me. /f/ Let's practice with the word 'fin'. Repeat after me. 'fin' Good. And now, let's learn how to produce the th /θ/ sound in English. th /θ/ It's unvoiced. No voice. No vibration in the throat, okay. And what you're going to do is you're going to put your tongue between your teeth and push out some air. /θ/ Please repeat after me. /θ/ Let's practice with the word 'thin'. Please repeat after me. 'thin' Great, guys. Let's now practice with minimal pairs. These words that are very similar but the sounds are actually different. Super useful if you really want to hear the difference between two sounds. First, let's focus on our sounds. Please watch my mouth and repeat after me. First, the /f/ sound. /f/ And now the th /θ/ sounds. /θ/ Now do both. Please repeat after me. /f/ /θ/ /f/ /θ /f/ /θ/ And now let's take our words. Please repeat after me. 'fin' 'thin' 'fin' 'thin' 'fin' 'thin' Great. Okay, students. We're now going to go through minimal pairs together. And I want you to look at how I move my mouth and to repeat after me. Let's go through this. deaf death first thirst for thaw fort thought fought thought four thaw free three freeze threes fresh thresh frill thrill fro throw froze throws fret threat fug thug furred third oaf oath Very good, guys. Okay, guys. Time to practice with a few sentences containing our consonant sounds. The first sentence is: 'Get three free samples.' Repeat after me. 'Get three free samples.' The second sentence: 'I thought they fought.' Please repeat after me. 'I thought they fought.' And finally: 'Don't fret because there's no threat.' Repeat after me. 'Don't fret because there's no threat.' Good. Let's move on. Let's now move on to listening practice. I'm now going to show you two words. I will say one of the two words, and I want you to listen very carefully and to tell me if this word is, 'a)' or 'b)' Let's get started. Let's start with our first words. Word 'a', word 'b'. Which one do I say? Listen to me. 'furred' One more time. 'furred' Is it 'a' or is it 'b'? It's 'a' guys, 'furred' with an 'f'. 'b' would be 'third'. What about now? Listen to me. 'froze' It's 'a'. 'b' is 'throws'. 'death' 'a' or 'b'? It's 'b', 'death'. 'a' would be pronounced 'deaf'. Listen to me. 'thrill' It's 'b' guys, 'thrill'. 'a' is 'frill'. Now which one do I say? 'thirst' It's answer 'b', 'thirst'. 'a' is 'first'. What about this one? 'fro' It's 'a' guys, 'fro'. 'b' is 'throw'. 'free' It's answer 'a', 'free'. 'b' is 'three'. Listen to me. 'thought' 'a' or 'b'? It's 'b', 'thought'. 'a' would be 'fought'. Now listen to me. 'freeze' It's answer 'a'. 'b' is 'threes'. Finally. 'oath' It's 'b' guys, 'oath'. 'a' would be 'oaf'. Great, guys. You now understand these two different consonant sounds.