Hi, I'm doing a project for my Phonetics and Phonology class and I need to make a list of some of the most difficult consonant clusters that learners have trouble with, particularly learners with Chinese and Arabic native language backgrounds. What do you guys think are some of them? What about general difficulties with pronunciation?
I think sixth is particularly hard.
- and more generally anywhere that /θ/ follows an affricate or consonant cluster 'Strength' is a tricky one, and - though conceivable contexts are rare* - the plural is even worse.
PS* 'Rare' but not unknown. An engineer might, for example, discuss the relative strengths of different materials.