‘Th’ Tongue-twisters

You will see ‘th’ used a lot in written English. In most cases it makes one of 2 sounds.

/ð/ = voiced dental fricative (the, this, there)

/θ/ = voiceless dental fricative (thing, through, throw)

We will practise these ‘th’ sounds by alternating between the two. Make sure you are pronouncing these correctly and train yourself with the tongue-twisters below. As mentioned, these tongue-twisters combine a mixture of the voiced (/ð/) and voiceless (/θ/) ‘th’ sounds as well as other similar sounds such as /s/ and /f/.

Th-fronting

A quick note needs to be mentioned about “Th-fronting”. This is where instead of pronouncing the ‘th’ sound as mentioned previously, we instead pronounce “th” the same as an ‘f’ or ‘v’ sound.

thankyou -> fankyou

three -> free

north -> norf

with -> wiv

bathe -> bave

lathe -> lave

This is quite common in certain dialects of English. While none of the following tongue twisters use th-fronting, it’s important to know of its existence in case you ever encounter it.

1. The first thing to think about is this.



2. Some theories believe there to be things out there.



3. These things finish sooner than you think.



4. Thirsty throats find things to drink.



5. Some things seem to find themselves.



6. My thumb is too thick to flick this.



7. Thanks for the things you sang for me.



8. These thieves thrive on farmers grief.



9. Three thousand spears were thrown at the throne. 



10. On Thursdays, I find thrills in finding things.



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