The Pronunciation Of The /ths/ Combination

(+ “Why There Is Nothing ‘Difficult’ About Learning English”)

(Pronunciation Lesson)


This is a re-fresh of a post from a couple years ago, which was originally posted on The WordPress.com Version of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! (where this all started.)  The reason for up-dating this post is due to the line below which I have happily crossed out.

And the reason for crossing-out that line is because – it has become a central theme and a guiding principle of my work as – not only a “Teacher”, but also a reformer of Education in general – that any time a so-called “Teacher” says something like this to a student – then that teacher should get a slap in the face, and then have to apologize to the student for trying to impose a limiting belief structure on him or her.

[In this particular lesson, that teacher was myself.  I was the one who used the word “Difficult”.  I only left it (crossed-out, instead of deleted) to make my point clear.]


…I Am Absolutely Serious About This


After apologizing, that “Teacher” should then correct him or herself by finding a different way of stating whatever it is that he or she is stating…  There are a plethora of ways to say just about anything, in a way which does not impose a limiting belief structure on one who is coming to that “Teacher” for help.


“For a more thorough explanation of this, you can read the post that I wrote, specifically, on this subject.”


That being said…  On with the “lesson”


The /ths/ combination is a difficult letter combination to pronounceis a unique letter combination in The Common Tongue of the English language.  This is mostly because there is no vowel sound in-between the un-voiced /th/ sound and the /s/ sound.  In fact, this combination represents – not the “combination” of two sounds – but the sound of the transition between them.

This letter combination occurs, mostly, in the plural form of a noun which ends with the un-voiced /th/ combination.

Enjoy The Video!



See…  That Wasn’t Difficult 😀

In the video, you will notice that the speaker used the word “Tricky”.  This is actually a good word to use.  Because even in a “Tricky” situation, or doing some “Tricky” Maneuver there is actually nothing “difficult” about it…  one simply has to learn the proper way to do a thing, and then…  do it.


%22Tricky%22 Skateboard %22Trick - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

Even this trick is not difficult, just “tricky”… that’s why they call them “tricks”… just learn how to do it – then do it… just like speaking English


Read about how to pronounce example word “Months” on The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Pronunciation Guide

The Word, “Months”

Read about The Un-Voiced Pronunciation

Voiced and Un-Voiced Consonants


 

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