Unitat 34

/θ/ and /ð/

There are two different sounds for “th” in English, but they are very similar.

Contingut exercicis

Listen to both sounds to see the difference by selecting the following links:

Notice that in /θ/, there is no voice from the throat. Instead, you can feel the air coming out from your mouth. This is known as a voiceless sound (there is no vibration in the vocal chords).

In costrast, when pronouncing /ð/ there is voice from the throat and hardly any air coming out from your mouth. This is known as a voiced sound (the vocal chords vibrate).

 

Below, some examples for both sounds:

  • Voiceless sound /θ/: think, forth, both, birthday, thin, strength, threat, breath.
  • Voiced sound /ð/: them, these, therefore, they, clothes, another, brother, breathe.

As you can see, both sounds are always written with th. However, there are some exceptions. For instance, a few names of places and people, th is pronounced as /t/: “Thailand”, “Theresa” or “Thomas”.

 

Exercici 1

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Exercici 2

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Exercici 3

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