Pronounce these difficult English words 'maths. paths'

Pro­nounce These Dif­fi­cult Eng­lish Words ‘maths, paths’-Audio Les­son

I know it’s hard enough to pro­nounce words end­ing in ‘th’ in Eng­lish, and then when you add a pos­ses­sive or plur­al /s/ it becomes even more ‘fun’!  I would like to show you how to pro­nounce dif­fi­cult Eng­lish words such as maths and paths.

As I work with stu­dents on skype, or face to face, or receive requests via email, I have noticed that the com­bi­na­tion of unvoiced or voiced ‘th’ fol­lowed by /s/ can be tricky.

It needs prac­tise so your mouth becomes used to the move­ment from ‘th’ to /s/. So it feels and sounds nat­ur­al, and you become con­fi­dent using this sound com­bi­na­tion. Espe­cial­ly as a lot of lan­guages don’t have a ‘th’ sound in them so pro­nounc­ing these dif­fi­cult words may be frus­trat­ing.

Of course, before you can say the ‘th’ and /s/ sounds togeth­er nat­u­ral­ly, you will have to prac­tise the ‘th’ until you can use it auto­mat­i­cal­ly in words.

I have pre­pared an audio les­son for you to prac­tise with:

 

Pro­nounce these dif­fi­cult Eng­lish words

Words end­ing in the unvoiced ‘th’ sound /θ/

The /θ/ con­tin­ues to be said as unvoiced in these words.

Moths

Cloths

Months

Earths

Lengths

Souths

Breaths

Growths

Births

Widths

Hun­dredths

 

Pro­nounce these dif­fi­cult Eng­lish words

Words end­ing in the voiced ‘th’ sound / ð/

The / ð/ con­tin­ues to be said as voiced in these words.

Paths

Mouths

Clothes

Loathes

Breathes

 

Pro­nounce these dif­fi­cult Eng­lish words- some excep­tions depend­ing on the accent

Baths:  Amer­i­cans say the unvoiced ‘th’- /baeθs/

British and Aus­tralians use the voiced ‘th’ -/ bɑːðz /

 

Youths: The Aus­tralians say /juðz/ when talk­ing about more than one

 youth.  For exam­ple, ‘The youths were singing.”  

 They say /juːθs / when refer­ring to the pos­ses­sive.

 For exam­ple “The youth’s moth­er was called to the office.”

 Amer­i­cans use the voiced ‘th’ / ð/- /juðz/

 The British use the unvoiced ‘th’ /θ/  /juːθs /

 

Maths: All 3 accents use the unvoiced ‘th’ /θ/

The Amer­i­cans though, can say it with, or with­out the /s/ at the end.

Often they say it with­out the /s/ – /maeθ/

For exam­ple, “Do the math.”

I hope this has helped, and as with all dif­fi­cult pro­nun­ci­a­tion com­bi­na­tions, you just have to keep prac­tis­ing till it feels nat­ur­al for your mouth to move that way. Maybe choose a word and prac­tise it for a week, both as a sin­gle word and in sen­tences. Start with very short sen­tences at first. Or, do as some peo­ple do, just keep say­ing it aloud as you walk around inside the house – it works!

Best wish­es, Esther

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