Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles It's my son's birthday! Happy Birthday Sawyer! Birthday can be a really hard word for my students, let's break it down. B consonant, that's pretty easy but the /ɜɹ/ vowel, that can be tricky. Bir, just make the r sound. Don't try to make a vowel. B-ir, Bir, Brrrr! Bir, birth. And we have the unvoiced th, your tongue tip has to peek just through but don't hold it, don't clench. Let the air flow freely. th-, birth, birth. Birthday. And day is not the problem part of that word. Birth-day. Birthday. Happy Birthday.