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 in a Paragraph below — which I have happily crossed out. .The reason for crossing-out that line is because — it has become a central theme and a guiding principle of my work as a “Teacher” and as a reformer of Education & “The English Language” overall — that any time a so-called “Teacher” says something like this (the crossed-out statement below) 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 her-self 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; it simply takes some intelligence and creativity to find that “way”.
That Being Said… Let’s Get On With The Pronunciation Part Of This Lesson
The /ths/ combination is a difficult letter-combination to pronounce… (correction:) is 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. .This Letter-combination occurs, mostly, in the Plural form of a Noun which ends with the un-voiced /th/ combination. Now, please watch Rachel explain this in the video below.
Enjoy The Video!
See… That Wasn’t Difficult At All 😀
In the video — you will notice that Rachel 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 of doing that thing, and then practice doing it!
Even this trick is not difficult. It’s just “tricky”. And that’s why they call them “tricks”. You simply need to, first, learn HOW to do it — and then just do it! Just like with speaking English 😎
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He is also a Gemini and so is his evil twin ;)