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    Default "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    I'm looking for some help here with pronouncing word "Think".

    I know that i have to stick my thong a little bit when i'm trying to say this word. And when i think about this word it come out good. However, when i have a conversation with someone I cannot say this word. It comes out as "Sink" or "Tink"

    I had problems pronouncing "Sheet" and "Shit" before, than one person helped me with this problem by giving me an example about "Sheep" and "Ship", and it works. Now i know the difference between "sheet" and "shit". Miracle!

    So, i'm looking for something (miracle) that may correct my "tink", "think", and "sink", and suggestions?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    Please note, it's your tongue, not your thong.

    Can you say sick, tick, thick?

    What about seize, tease, and these? (Slightly different TH, but the position of the tongue is the same.)

    Toes and those?

    Crumble, tumble, thimble? (Again, a different vowel, but we working on the first sound.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Please note, it's your tongue, not your thong.

    Can you say sick, tick, thick?

    What about seize, tease, and these? (Slightly different TH, but the position of the tongue is the same.)

    Toes and those?

    Crumble, tumble, thimble? (Again, a different vowel, but we working on the first sound.)
    Definitely not thong Sorry
    Thanks a lot. I will practice more.

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    Default Re: "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    Quote Originally Posted by Baba Yaga View Post
    Definitely not thong Sorry
    Thanks a lot. I will practice more.
    You made me laugh with that thong thing ... not to worry it happens to me all the time hehe

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    Default Re: "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    When you say "think" your tongue should only touch your teeth, don't let it touch the inside of your mouth. It might be easy to see the difference if you stick your tongue far out of your mouth when say this.

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    Arrow Re: "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    There is theta sound in the word think.
    Pronouncing this word you have to hold your tongue in your teeth and the tip of the tongue should be out of your mouth. Do not keep your tongue inside your mouth.
    while pronouncing the word teach, you have to hold your tongue inside your mouth touching the back of your incissors (front middle teeth).

    practice alot.
    practice makes a man perfect.

    practice this tongue twist
    betty bought butter; the butter was bitter, so betty bought better butter to make bitter butter better.

    think thought through theif throw


    I hope it helps you.

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    Default Re: "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    Just make the "th" sound (theta) approximate the labiodental /f/ sound; then, make sure your /I/ is not an /i/. Then you're set.

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    Default Re: "Think", "Sink", 'Tink"

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    You made me laugh with that thong thing ... not to worry it happens to me all the time hehe
    Yes - the 'th'/'t' mistake is easily made. But the 'thong' for 'tongue' mistake suggests a mispronunciation of the vowel as well. 'Tongue' is /tʌŋ/ (rhyming with 'sung'; ('among', another word mispronounced by nearly all my students, also has the /ʌŋ/ ending).

    'Tongs', a kind of tool (used on sugar-lumps, ice, coal, radioactive isotopes, molten metal... anything you don't want to get on your fingers - http://www.littlegriddle.com/images/tongs.jpg), have the unsurprising pronunciation /tɒŋz). But you can't have a single /tɒŋ/ even if you mean this tool - it's like 'scissors'.

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