Master the Vibrated TH Sound
Relax and learn how to make the voiced (vibrated) TH sound. This sound is produced by placing the tip of the tongue gently between the front teeth. The lips are relaxed and passive. As the air passes the tongue and teeth, a vibration is produced. You should feel the vibration on your tongue and in your throat.
This vibrated TH sound often appears at the beginning and middle of English words. It occasionally appears at the end.
Start with these combinations
If you can produce the vibrated TH’s above, go on to this word list
This, these, that, those
Tip: Give yourself enough time. Relax and s-t-r-e-e-e-e-e-t-c-h out the words to give your tongue enough time to retract from the extended TH position into the correct position for an S, T or Z sound.
Here is the vibrated TH in the middle of some words
Mother, brother, father, feather, weather, whether
And here are some vibrated TH sentences
Their mother was gathering the clothes together
They’ve had a lot of bother with the weather
They’d rather gather those berries with their mother
There’s their brother, together with their father
Therefore they’d rather go together
Here are some words with the vibrated TH at the beginning
Here are some words with the vibrated TH in the middle
Here are some words with the vibrated TH at the end (Grammar geeks should note that these are all verbs!)
(Thanks to “Home Sweet Home” for the 3 lists
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