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  • Hi guys. Welcome back. In this video I'm going to explain in detail how to

  • pronounce the two TH sounds in English. Hopefully with my explanations and a bit

  • of practice, you'll be able to pronounce these sounds perfectly. Remember that if

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  • Now I prefer not to say "the" TH sound, because there are actually two

  • TH sounds in English, (yay!) which are represented by these two phonetic symbols.

  • This sound is in words like "think", "teeth" and "thunder". This sound is in words

  • like "the", "that" and "mother". Many people learning English find these sounds

  • difficult, so if you find them difficult, don't worry, you are not alone.

  • It's simply because these sounds don't exist in many other languages. I also know what

  • it's like to struggle and get frustrated because you can't say specific sounds in

  • a language. For me that sound was the rolled R in Spanish, and it's similar

  • to the R in other languages like Italian and Indonesian. It's the "rr", "rr". Perro, perro.

  • I had to practise it a lot. I think when I was in Spain I practised it

  • several times a day - sometimes when I was walking in the street and I thought no one

  • could hear me. And even doing that it still took me many months to kind of be

  • able to say it. And even now I normally have to concentrate when I say it, and

  • I know it's not always perfect. So yes, I can feel your pain, but there are some

  • things in languages that simply require a lot of practice, at least for most people.

  • Let's first look at this TH sound. This is called the unvoiced TH sound.

  • It's unvoiced because there's no vibration here. It's just: th, th, th.

  • So how do we make this sound? Well, the most important thing is the position

  • of the tongue. The tip of the tongue - so this part here - needs to be between the

  • top teeth and the bottom teeth. Or just behind the gap between the top teeth and

  • the bottom teeth. So, like, just behind the teeth. It's actually possible to make

  • this sound with your tongue in various positions. You can stick your tongue

  • quite far out like this...

  • Or you can have it just behind the gap between the teeth like this...

  • (If you spit a bit when you practise, don't worry, it's normal.)

  • Or you can have your tongue somewhere between those positions like this...

  • Normally when we speak, if we stick the tongue out, we don't stick it out very far, because

  • the tongue needs to be able to move quickly to make other sounds. A way to find a

  • good position for the tongue is to put your finger on your lips like this...

  • and then make the sound.

  • If your tongue touches your finger, then it's probably out too far,

  • or at least it will probably be difficult for you to speak quickly if

  • the tongue is out that far. Another key point to remember is that

  • the top teeth are very important. That's because you are gently pushing against

  • the top teeth with your tongue. In fact, it's possible (more or less possible) to make

  • this sound by pushing the tip of your tongue against

  • the back of your top teeth, like this...

  • Think, think, think.

  • I don't recommend doing it that way - to me it feels more difficult and strange -

  • but it's an option you can try if you want.

  • As I was saying, you're gently pushing against your top teeth, but you

  • are allowing air to pass over your tongue. If you put your finger here,

  • you will notice air going between your tongue and your top teeth. The th sounds

  • are quite soft or gentle sounds, but when you practise them, I recommend that you

  • exaggerate them. This is quite a common technique in pronunciation.

  • You exaggerate something - you overdo it - and then when it becomes easy, you pull back

  • a bit. You soften it. Interestingly, when I was in high school I went to speech and

  • drama classes for a while (theatre classes, in other words) and one

  • of the methods I sometimes used to perform a character that was completely

  • different to me was to first exaggerate it, and then pull back. The same method

  • works with pronunciation. So now practise saying these words with me,

  • but exaggerate them. Really stick your tongue out.

  • Now let's say the same words, but more naturally.

  • Now practise saying this sentence after me. So first listen, and then say it.

  • It's meant to be "cloths", not "clothes".

  • Now you say it.

  • I'll put some more sentences like this at the end of the video.

  • Now we are going to look at the voiced TH sound.

  • This is the "theh" sound.

  • Here's the good news, guys!

  • The voiced TH sound is almost exactly the same as the unvoiced TH sound.

  • There is just one difference.

  • Your mouth and your tongue are in the same position as for the unvoiced TH sound,

  • but if you put your hand on your throat, you will feel vibration: th, th.

  • Practise saying these words with me. Like before, first we are going to exaggerate the TH.

  • Now let's do the same, but more naturally.

  • Now practise this sentence after me.

  • Now you say it.

  • Here are some other sentences you can practise with.

  • These sentences have both the voiced and unvoiced TH.

  • I hope that helped, guys. If you're still thinking that you will

  • never be able to do it, remember that for a long time,

  • that Spanish R just seemed impossible to me.

  • But little by little, by practising a tiny bit every day, it got better.

  • You can do it.

  • See you next time, guys.

  • Birds!

  • There's a plane or something...

  • Ok, start again.

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