Do you struggle to hear the difference between the ‘hard th’ and ‘soft th’ sound? Try this exercise to train your mouth how to make them distinct and develop your ear’s ability to quickly hear which one someone is saying.

Transcript:

This one goes out to all those struggling with θ and ð

This is Tongue Twister Time!

Today we’re working on two sounds.

These are two of the most uncommon sounds used in the languages humans currently speak.

They are made with just one slight difference.

Both of these sounds are made with the tongue touching the top teeth.

The difference comes from the throat.

Put your fingers on your neck like this and just sigh.

*sigh*

You shouldn’t have felt anything.

Now make a groan.

*ugh*

That time you should have felt some vibration.

Let’s combine these two movements tongue and voice to create our focus sounds of the day:

θ and ð

Here’s your tongue twister to practice those sounds.

Both That With Those

Take your time to say each word before you try to speed up.

Both That With Those

Really enunciate those focus sounds.

Both That With Those

Now that you’re comfortable saying the phrase we’ll say it three times at normal speed.

Both That With Those Both That With Those Both That With Those

Quite a workout eh?

Okay, you’re all warmed up.

Let’s have some fun speeding through those sounds.

both that with those both that with those both that with those

Great job! *bells and trumpets*
One tongue twister set complete!

Maybe you stumbled a little on the normal or fast speed.

Even better!

Your goal for this exercise is to have fun, while your muscles get some practice moving in new ways.

The more you practice, the easier you’ll find it is to say super fast.

This tongue twister was written especially to help you get comfortable holding your tongue at your teeth, by ending one word with θ and starting the next with ð.

Do a few sets, repeating one sound after the other: θ ð θ ð θ ð

Once you can feel the difference between them, say the tongue twister again.

Make sure you focus on holding your tongue between both that and with those.

Learning individual sounds is the first step to speaking clearly.

But language involves combining sounds; which means, training our tongue to move from one sound to another very quickly.

These tongue twisters are designed to give you a fun and focused exercise, that you can quickly memorize, then practice throughout the day.

I’m Saunatina. Thanks for joining me for Tongue Twister Time.

Let me know if you struggle with these sounds or any other sound combination.

I’m always excited for inspiration to write a new tongue twister.

Now get out there and have some fun Crafting Sound Meaning

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