Unit 3.1

Sound: TH

Introduction

The digraph th represents a dental consonant and corresponds to two different sounds (voiceless and voiced).

Form

The sounds of th are:

Uppercase Lowercase Phonetics
TH th /θ/
TH th /ð/

Example

th (/θ/): thing, think, three;
th (/ð/): father, that, the.

Use

Th is a digraph, which means that two letters together represent just one sound. To pronounce it, you need topass the tongue through the upper and lower teeth, that is why this digraph is called dental.

  • th (/θ/) is voiceless so the vocal cords do not vibrate to produce the sound;
  • th (/ð/) is voiced so the vocal cords vibrate to produce the sound.

Exercises

External link to Sound: TH exercises (1158).




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