Learn English Pronunciation: TH & THR. Learn and practice the correct English pronunciation of two tricky sounds: TH and THR. These sounds are very common in English, but they can be difficult for English learners, Even if your language uses these same letter combinations, the sound they make in English might not be the same! In this video, I'll show you how to make the correct sounds, and we'll practice with many example words and sentences.
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Hello. I'm Gill from engVid, and today we're looking at some pronunciation of "th" and "thr". And it's especially useful for those of you whose first language may be French or Italian, any language which doesn't have the "th", "th", or "thr" sound in it. I know it's a difficult sound to get used to and to feel confident that you're doing it properly, so here is a lesson with some examples of words for you to practice along with me. Okay.
So, the thing about "th" is you just put your tongue behind your top teeth at the front: "th", "th", "th", and blow a bit of air through. "Th", "th", "th", like that. It might help you originally, to begin with if you put your tongue through your teeth a little bit. "Th", "th", like that, but you don't have to do that. Once you get used to making the sound, you don't have to stick your tongue through your teeth; you can just do it behind your teeth. "Th", "th", "th", but your tongue goes up and just touches the back of your top teeth. Okay, for: "th", "th", "th". And then "thr", "thr", you have to then do an "r" sound added to it, so we'll come to that in a minute.
But let's have a look, first of all, at a few words beginning with "th". Okay? So we've got: "things", if you'd like to repeat it after me. "Things", "things". Okay. "Think", "think", "think". Okay. "Thursday", "th", "th", "th", "Thursday", "Thursday". Okay. "Thirsty". If you're thirsty, you need a drink, you haven't had enough water or something to drink. "Thirsty", "thirsty". Okay. If someone gives you something, you say: "Thanks", "thanks", "th", "th", "th". "Thanks". Okay. And then if you want to go out for the evening and see a play and some actors on a stage, you go to the: "theatre", "theatre", "theatre". Okay. And then if... If you... If you're feeling under stress and you need to talk to somebody about it, you might say: "I need some therapy." It can be physical or psychological. "Therapy", "therapy". Okay. Then these are two opposites: "Thick" and "thin". Thick with material, if it's thick material. "Thick" or "thin", "thin" material. Okay. "Thick" and "thin". And then some numbers: "Third", "thirteen", "thirty", and "thousand". Okay. And finally, this is a "thumb", "thumb", "thumb". Okay, so I hope that's helped you to practice those sounds.
Right, so moving on. This one is perhaps a little bit more difficult because you have to add an "r" sound, and some people can make their tongue vibrate when they do an "r": "rr", "rr", "rr", like that. At one time I couldn't do that at all, but for some reason I can do it now. Maybe I do a lot more talking and my tongue is more, you know, can move around, more athletic. So, anyway, you don't have to make that rolling sound with your tongue with these words, because they're just one word so you can't say every word with a "rr" in it, it takes too long. It's just enough to say: "Through", "through". So for the "r", "r", you push your mouth forward a little bit. "Thr", "thr", "through", "through", like that. Okay? And then: "Thread", "thread". When you have some cotton and a needle, and you're doing some sewing, the cotton is the thread. "Thread". Okay? And then the number: "Three", "three", "three". And then if you're a fan of Game of Thrones, you will know this word, the "throne" that the king or queen sits on. "Throne", "throne". And finally if you... If you have a ball that you're throwing: "Throw", "throw", "throw", like that. So, I hope that's helped you to practice those sounds a little bit.
Okay, so I'll just go through these words again one more time at a sort of normal speed, so without any emphasis, just at the normal speed so that you can hear how each word sounds normally, without a big emphasis on anything. Okay, so here we go. So: "things", "think", "Thursday", "thirsty", "thanks", "theatre", "therapy", "thick", "thin", "third", "thirteen", "thirty", "thousand", "thumb". Okay, and then the "thr": "through", "thread", "three", "throne", "throw". Okay, so now we'll go on to the second part of the lesson. […]
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