Difference between sounds of th and s

The challenging th

by | Aug 12, 2019 | Speaking, Tips

Most languages do have the sound /s/ in them, so that is not difficult to pronounce. The difficult one is the English th which sounds /θ/. Do not get upset if you cannot say it. Your brain will need training in order to learn this sound.

Difference between English sounds of /θ/ and /s/

 

Most languages do have the sound /s/ in them, so that is not difficult to pronounce. The difficult one is the English th which sounds /θ/.

Do not get upset if you cannot say it. Your brain will need training in order to learn this sound.

The major difference between the two is the tongue.

To practice saying /θ/, stick your tongue out and move the air through your teeth. But for /s/ we move the air out through our teeth without sticking out our tongue.

So;

/θ/ tongue out/ air through teeth

/S/ tongue in/ air through teeth

 

Now keep practicing by saying these word pairs:

 

sing … thing

face … faith

force … fourth

sick … thick

sink … think

tense … tenth

mass … math

miss … myth

pass … path

saw … thaw

seem … theme

some … thumb

song … thong

use (n)… youth

worse … worth

gross … growth

seam … theme

sigh … thigh

sin … thin

sought … thought

sum … thumb

sank … thank

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Soolmaz Neishaboori is an IDP-trained IELTS expert, online tutor and content writer at IELTS  Juice Online Academy.

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