Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    15
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Pronunciation exercise - "Th"

    Hi there! This is my first post in here, my name's Donato.

    After studying English at school for some years, I realized the pronunciation I was taught is very approximate so I decieded to study it seriously. My aim is to get as close as possible to the standard British RP.

    However, I need some feedback from native speakers. At the moment I am practicing with the "th" sound. Can anyone listen to the following list of words and point out the main errors in pronunciation?

    http://scorpio2002.altervista.org/ex1_th.mp3

    The words are: thin, then, thank, that, think, this, thought, those, thief, these.

    Thanks a lot,
    Donato

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    2,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Pronunciation exercise - "Th"

    Quote Originally Posted by scorpio2002 View Post
    Hi there! This is my first post in here, my name's Donato.

    After studying English at school for some years, I realized the pronunciation I was taught is very approximate so I decieded to study it seriously. My aim is to get as close as possible to the standard British RP.

    However, I need some feedback from native speakers. At the moment I am practicing with the "th" sound. Can anyone listen to the following list of words and point out the main errors in pronunciation?

    http://scorpio2002.altervista.org/ex1_th.mp3

    The words are: thin, then, thank, that, think, this, thought, those, thief, these.

    Thanks a lot,
    Donato
    I'm not a British English speaker, but you might find this document helpful. I think the pronunciation of "th" is the same in BrE as it is in AmE.

    th voiced and unvoiced.pdf

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    2,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Re: Pronunciation exercise - "Th"

    Quote Originally Posted by scorpio2002 View Post
    Hi there! This is my first post in here, my name's Donato.

    After studying English at school for some years, I realized the pronunciation I was taught is very approximate so I decieded to study it seriously. My aim is to get as close as possible to the standard British RP.

    However, I need some feedback from native speakers. At the moment I am practicing with the "th" sound. Can anyone listen to the following list of words and point out the main errors in pronunciation?

    http://scorpio2002.altervista.org/ex1_th.mp3

    The words are: thin, then, thank, that, think, this, thought, those, thief, these.

    Thanks a lot,
    Donato
    Your pronunciation of "th" sounds good. However, the vowel sound in "thin" sounds a bit like "ee" - "long e" - and not enough like "i" - "short i".

    It would be helpful to compare these two sentences:

    She's leaving with him.
    She's living with him.

    It sounds like you're doing a good job of learning to speak with a British accent. It sounds RP-like to me, but I'm not British. I speak American English, but I easily recognize a British accent when I hear one. In fact, I've asked students on a few occasions if they learned English with British teachers before they came to the U.S. It turns out that I can tell when someone has learned from a British teacher before having come to the U.S.

    Keep at it. You're doing well. Maybe a British English speaker will be able to comment here.

    Last edited by PROESL; 18-Aug-2009 at 15:39.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    15
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Pronunciation exercise - "Th"

    Thank you a lot. I will work on the "short i" and "long ee" later on. I'm still trying to get the th right in every place of a word. I find it particularly difficult to pronounce it at the end of a word. Will you listen to the following list of words and point out when something sounds odd:

    http://scorpio2002.altervista.org/ex2_th.mp3

    growth, tooth, both, wreath, faith, loathe, smooth, clothe, breathe, bathe, mouth.

    Thank you again,
    Donato

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    2,036
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Pronunciation exercise - "Th"

    Quote Originally Posted by scorpio2002 View Post
    Thank you a lot. I will work on the "short i" and "long ee" later on. I'm still trying to get the th right in every place of a word. I find it particularly difficult to pronounce it at the end of a word. Will you listen to the following list of words and point out when something sounds odd:

    http://scorpio2002.altervista.org/ex2_th.mp3

    growth, tooth, both, wreath, faith, loathe, smooth, clothe, breathe, bathe, mouth.

    Thank you again,
    Donato
    Your pronunciation of "th" sounds good.

    In general, the vowel sounds you produce in these particular words sound, to me, a bit too elongated.

    In the word "both", I don't hear the "o" very well. It sounds like some other sort of vowel sound, but I can't identify it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    15
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Pronunciation exercise - "Th"

    In the word "both", I don't hear the "o" very well. It sounds like some other sort of vowel sound, but I can't identify it.
    Well, I suppose this is because I try to pronounce 'both' this way /bəʊθ/

  7. #7
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,660
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Pronunciation exercise - "Th"

    Quote Originally Posted by scorpio2002 View Post
    Well, I suppose this is because I try to pronounce 'both' this way /bəʊθ/
    "Both" rhymes with "growth" - the vowel should sound the same (close to your 'growth').
    I think you have mastered the /th/.

Similar Threads

  1. [General] Pronunciation of "saw and bought"
    By ayad00 in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 14-Aug-2009, 15:12
  2. The best 5 websites to practice pronunciation
    By joshdowning in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-May-2009, 14:47
  3. The Pronunciation Rules and The Writing System
    By M.Mozaffary in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-Mar-2009, 22:27
  4. standard british pronunciation
    By fobos3 in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 21-Aug-2008, 16:22
  5. Better ways to teach pronunciation.
    By elbe in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 29-Sep-2007, 04:09

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •