are actually two different "th" sounds in English, but they are very
similar. Both "th" sounds are made putting your tongue between your
teeth so that the tip of your tongue is touching the tips of your
top teeth. Now you can make a "th" sound by blowing are through your
teeth. You can check to see if you are doing it correctly by using
a mirror. You should be able to see your tongue when you say words
such as "this", "the", and "that". If cannot see your tongue, yo u
may be putting your tongue behind your top teeth instead
of touching the tips of your top teeth.
If you put your tongue behind your top teeth, you will make a /d/ or /t/sound instead of a "th" sound. If it sounds like you are making an /s/ or /z/ sound, it is also because your tongue is behind your teeth. Make sure you are touching your teeth with your tongue!
Watch where the tongue is in these video clips. Can you see it between the teeth? (These videos will launch a separate video viewer to play them. Make sure you have a plug-in for video clips.)
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