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The Pronunciation Of The /ths/ Combination
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(+ “Why There Is Nothing ‘Difficult’ About Learning English”)



(Pronunciation Lesson)


First…  A Message From “The Teacher”


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.
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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”.

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


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.
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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!


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

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 😎


Read about how to pronounce the example Word, “Months” on The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Pronunciation Guide

Bonus Pronunciation Lesson:  The Word, “Months” 


Read about Un-Voiced Consonant Pronunciation

Voiced & Un-Voiced Consonants 


Have An Excellent Day!

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