English Pronunciation Practice

English Pronunciation Practice: how to pronounce TH sound correctly

Free English Pronunciation Practice: Learn how to say TH correctly with these easy, fun English pronunciation exercises.

English pronunciation can be difficult for English learners. Many of the most frequently used English words use the TH sound: The, This, Them, There, Their, They, Thank you, Thanks, These, Those, They’re, Three, Think … 

One of the sounds that many English learners find difficult to pronoun correctly is TH. TH is one of the most frequently used sounds in the English language, which is unfortunate for people who have trouble pronouncing it. It really needs to be mastered if you want to be easily understood when you speak English. Many foreigners, especially French, pronounce ‘TH’ as ‘Ze’ or ‘De’. While this is sometimes thought of as charming it is inevitably incorrect and needs to be corrected. Not surprisingly, many native English speaking children have trouble with this sound too. They often pronounce TH as ‘F’ or ‘V’.

Do you pronounce the ‘TH’ sound correctly?

The ‘TH’ sound is made by sticking your tongue slightly beyond your upper front teeth and pushing air through the space.

Tongue Twisters are a fun way to practice your English pronunciation.

A tongue twister is a short sentence or phrase that is difficult to say. Tongue Twisters have been enjoyed by English speakers for many, many years. They are used as a teaching tool for children who have problems pronouncing words correctly. The sillier the expression the funnier they are.

Practice saying TH correctly by repeating the following Tongue Twisters three times each.

Start saying each sentence slowly until you are comfortable with pronouncing the words then gradually increase the speed until you are able to say them like an expert. Don’t worry if you find it difficult at first, many native English speakers have trouble repeating tongue twisters correctly.

 

I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you

Thin sticks, thick bricks

Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks

He threw three free throws

Father, mother, sister, brother – hand in hand with one another.

Three thin thieves thought a thousand thoughts. Now if three thin thieves thought a thousand thoughts how many thoughts did each thief think?

Thirty thousand thoughtless boys thought they would make a thundering noise. So the thirty thousand thumbs thumbed on the thirty thousand drums.

Is this the thing? – Yes, this is the thing.

Now try saying all of the sentences together:

I thought I thought of thinking of thanking you. Tom threw Tim three thumbtacks. He threw three free throws. Thin sticks, thick bricks. Three thin thieves thought a thousand thoughts. Now if three thin thieves thought a thousand thoughts how many thoughts did each thief think? Father, mother, sister, brother – hand in hand with one another. Thirty thousand thoughtless boys thought they would make a thundering noise. So the thirty thousand thumbs thumbed on the thirty thousand drums. Is this the thing? – Yes, this is the thing.Regular practice of any one of the Tongue Twisters above will quickly help you to improve your English pronunciation.

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