How to pronounce /th/ and /s/ in English

This tongue twister will help you practise the /th/ and /s/ sounds together, which are often difficult for learners of English - "Seth at Sainsbury's sells thick socks". Remember to say it slowly with me first so you can get it right and then when you feel more confident you can speed up! Remember, practice makes perfect...

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

“Seth at Sainsbury's sell...”

This is a good tongue twister for practising the difference between /th/ and /s/. Now both of these sounds are unvoiced, both of these sounds are in your mouth. With the first one your tongue is just on the bottom of your front teeth...and the second one your tongue is more relaxed, not touching your teeth. So the second one for most people is probably easier to say. Let's try the tongue twister. We'll take it slowly and then we'll do it a bit faster so you can practise it. "Seth at Sainsbury's sells thick socks".

So the hardest part here is the change between /s/ and /th/ again. "Seth at Sainsbury's sells thick socks". So when you go from /s/ to /th/ your tongue comes forward and just touches the bottom of your front teeth. Thick, thick, thick, "...sells thick socks". OK now you try that one.

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How to pronounce /th/ and /s/ in English