Unit 2 Chapter 1 Lesson 4 /θ/

Lesson 5 /θ/

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /θ/

  1. Your tongue is in between your upper and lower teeth.
  2. NEVER BITE your tongue.
  3. Let the AIR flow through the CENTER part of your tongue and upper teeth.
  4. DON’T let the AIR flow through your cheeks.
  5. Lips are relaxed.
  6. This is a voiceless sound.

LET US WARM-UP

SOUNDS MOUTH FORMATION TONGUE MOVEMENT
/θθθθ/
/θθθθ/ /ɑ/, /θθθθɑ/ 1. 2. 1.2.

/θθθθ/ /i/, /θθθθi/

1. 2. 1.2.

/θθθθ/ /u/, /θθθθu/

1. 2. 1.2.

/θθθθ/ /e/, /θθθθe/

1. 2. 1.2.

/θθθθ/ /ɔ/, /θθθθɔ/

1.2. 1.2.

COMMON JAPANESE MISTAKES

Usually students pronounced this as /s/ and /t/, especially when they bite their tongue. 

MINIMAL PAIRS /θ/ /s/

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Read and listen to the differences between /θ/ and /s/.
Test your listening skill by asking someone to RANDOMLY read a word and try to guess which word was read.
/θ/ /s/
thick /θík/ sick /sík/
faith /féiθ/ face /féis/
moth /mɔ́:θ/ moss /mɔ́:s/
thimble mbəl/ symbol /smbəl/

MINIMAL PAIRS /θ/ /t/

Highlight and click the word to listen to its pronunciation or click the play button to listen to all the words.(only in PC)
Read and listen to the differences between /θ/ and /t/.
Test your listening skill by asking someone to RANDOMLY read a word and try to guess which word was read.
/θ/ /t/
Math /mǽθ/ mat /mǽt/
hath /hǽθ/ hat /hǽt/
fourth /fɔ́ɚθ/ fort /fɔ́ɚt/
three /θrí:/ tree /trí:/

LET’S PRACTICE /θ/

TWO-SYLLABLE WORDS /θ/
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INITIAL

  1. thankful
    /θǽŋkfəl/
  2. thirty
    /θɚ́ti:/
  3. thousand
    /θáuzənd/

MEDIAL

  1. athlete
    /ǽθliːt/
  2. rethink
    /rìːθɪ́ŋk/
  3. something
    /sʌ́mθiŋ/

FINAL

  1. blacksmith
    /blǽksmiθ/
  2. goldsmith
    /góuldsmiθ/
  3. beneath
    /biní:θ/
THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS /θ/
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INITIAL

  1. theory
    /θíːəri/
  2. therapy
    /θérəpi:/
  3. thoroughly
    /θə́rouli:/

MEDIAL

  1. anything
    /éniθiŋ/
  2. everything
    /évriθiŋ/
  3. authentic
    /ɔ:θéntik/

FINAL

  1. underneath
    /ʌ̀ndɚní:θ/
  2. sixtieth
    /síkstiəθ/
  3. undergrowth
    /ʌ́ndɚgrouθ/

LET US PHRASE IT

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  1. north and south
    /nɔ́ɚθ ənd sáuθ/
  2. her thirtieth birthday
    /hɚ θɚ́tiəθ bɚ́θdei/ 
  3. the three thick thorns
    /ðə θrí: θik θɔɚnz/
  4. a therapeutic therapist
    /ə θrəpjúːtik θérəpist/

TONGUE TWISTER

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Thoughtful Theo gave Thea a therapy last Thursday.

/θɔ́:tfl θí:ou géiv θi:ə ə θerəpi: læst θɚ́ːzdei/

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