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Do I need stretch my tip of tongue out of the upper and lower tooth ? or just let it behind the tooth and slightly touch the tooth?
Thanks very much!
such as th in "thank you", or "think"
"just [let] put it behind the UPPER teeth and slightly touch the back of the teeth.
This is fine but the tendency for ESLs who don't have this sound in their own language is to fudge it too much so that the proper sound isn't created. I encourage those students to extend the tongue out a little farther and focus on the sound. As you become more proficient in replicating the sound, the tongue will naturally fall back into the correct position.
When we native speakers say a strong 'thank you', our tongues extend farther than when we do a softer 'thank you'/'think'. Practice strong th's. You' later will naturally do softer ones.
Last edited by riverkid; 16-Dec-2007 at 18:42.
Thank you very much, riverkid !
Your explanation is very clear and helpful!