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How to pronounce “th”

For THIN /θɪn/ Put the tip of your tongue slightly out between your upper teeth. Put your hand on your larynx (in a sec we’ll see why). Practice just passing the air current and saying “ssssss”. Since this sound is voiceless, you should not feel vibrations on your hand. Now, while still “biting” your tongue […]

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English Diphthongs

A diphthong is defined by Jones as “a sound made by gliding from one vowel to another … represented phonetically by sequence of two letters” (Pronunciation 22). A sound realised as a diphthong marks “a change from one vowel quality to another, and the limits of the change are roughly indicated by the two vowel […]

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Vowels in the English Language

Vowels are speech sounds  pronounced so there are no “obstacles” to airstream (unlike the way consonants are pronounced, for example). This post lists English vowels (21 in this case, although some sources list 22), both monophthongs and diphthongs. They are grouped into the long and short ones. There is also a vowel diagram showing vowels at […]