I am trying to understand how phonetics alphabet works. I have quite problem about -th sound.
There are two different symbols in the phonetics alphabet depending on the sound you make. For instance differences as in thin/these..
If you know the pronounciation of these words (thin/these) then you can understand which symbols need to use however, if you come across with a word that you have not heard it before how can you understand which symbols of -th you need to use?
I'd really be very happy if you can reply my questions.
PS And - less interestingly for ELT students - a native speaker, given a nonsense 'word' in such a context, would unthinkingly use the unvoiced sound: 'This is a thriddlypump' - /θ/
Last edited by BobK; 28-Oct-2009 at 16:00. Reason: Added example