English pronunciation: ‘Th’ sound

English pronunciation: ‘Th’ sound


Hello, dear all. Welcome back to Speak Up
Yury. With today’s video I want you to practice pronunciation. We’ll see how to
correctly produce the ‘th’ sound in different English words. Here we go. Before we start today, I want to say
thank you to all those who have subscribed these days and all the
support that you have given me so far. Thank you very much! Now let’s begin. To
correctly pronounce the th sound in English, we need to understand that this
sound can be pronounced in three different ways mainly. With the th sound
we can produce a consonant T, but we also produce a voiced and a voiceless sound.
The voiced and the voiceless sounds are fricatives; it means that when you
produce the sounds, you can see or you can feel how the air escapes from
your mouth. It is evident when we pronounce the S or the F and that’s why
some people confuse S and F sounds with these sounds. A voiced sound, as you can
see, is represented through this symbol. And the voiceless sound is represented
with this symbol. These two symbols refer to the International Phonetic Alphabet.
This sound means that the words are pronounced with the voiced sound. Voiced means that when you produce that sound you can feel your vocal folds vibrating
while you are speaking. For instance, when you pronounce THE, you feel the vibration
here or you must feel the vibration here. Do the exercise. If you put your
fingers on your throat, you’ll feel how the vocal folds vibrate. For instance,
pronounce THE. say THE… That vibration is evident. On the other hand, the voiceless sound doesn’t produce this vibration on your vocal folds. So, now I want you to listen to me, and while you are listening,
you repeat the different words that are produced with these sounds. So let’s
start with the /ð/ sound. Observe how my tongue is placed between my teeth, like
this. /ði/ En este caso, lo importante es hacer el
movimiento de la boca correctamente. Debemos ubicar la lengua en medio de
las dos hileras de dientes para pronunciar correctamente las palabras. Vamos a empezar con el /ð/ sound.
El sonido que produce vibración. Okay, empecemos con THE… You must remember that all the
demonstratives in English are pronounced with the /ð/ sound. Let’s see. THIS… THAT… THESE… The plural form. THESE… The plural form THOSE… Here I have other examples like EITHER… FATHER… FEATHER… WEATHER… And THUS… Now I want you to listen to me and repeat the different voiceless sounds. Remember that the characteristic of this sound is that you can easily notice how
the air escapes from your mouth. Most of the ordinal numbers are
pronounced with this sound. Listen and repeat. FOURTH… FIFTH… SIXTH… And remember the rest of the
numbers that end in TH, for example TWELFTH… TWENTIETH… As you can see, we also
have other examples in very common words that have this sound. TRUTH…FAITH…
BREATH… TOOTH… And the plural form TEETH… MONTH… Of course, there are many more words in
English, actually there are lots, there are several words in English that
have this sound. Cada vez que veas una palabra que contenga TH,
recuerda que debes pronunciarla con uno de estos sonidos generalmente. Remember that if you liked the video you
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