Topic

th vs /s/ – e.g. thong vs song

Complete the exercise by:

  1. Listening to the MP3 and noticing the sound differences
  2. Listening & repeating each word out loud.

thong – song
θɔŋ – sɔŋ

think – sink
θɪŋk – sɪŋk

thick – sick
θɪk – sɪk

thumb – sum
θɐm – sɐm

thaw – saw
θoː – s

thigh – sigh
θɑe – sɑe

mouth – mouse
mæɔθ – mæɔs

thing – sing
θɪŋ – sɪŋ

faith – face
fæɪθ – fæɪs

fourth – force
foːθ – foːs

thick – sick
θɪk – sɪk

tenth – tense
tenθ – tens

math – mass
θ – mæs

myth – miss
θ – mɪs

path – pass
pɐːθ – pɐːs

thought – sort
θoːt – soːt

theme – seem
θiːm – siːm

thumb – some
θɐm – sɐm

youth – use
jʉːθ – jʉːs

worth – worse
wɜːθ – wɜːs

growth – gross
grəʉθ – grəʉs

kith – kiss
θ – kɪs

this – sis
ðɪs – siːs

north – Norse
noːθ – noːs

wraith – race
ræɪθ – ræɪs

thigh – sigh
θɑe – sɑe

truth – truce
trʉːθ – trʉːs

moth – moss
θ – mɔs

pith – piss
θ – pɪs

thank – sank
θæŋk – sæŋk

Practice phrases to read out loud:

  1. The Wraith race to face their faith.
  2. It’s worth the worst song about a thong.
  3. Thank the sailor’s seven thieving seamen.
  4. These sorts of thoughts seem of the same theme.
  5. He sent a thumbs up for some sort of truce of truth.
  6. think I’ll thank the moth whose moss sank in the sink.
  7. Can Sam sing things like songs about thief’s thongs?
  8. Things and thoughts sing of sorts of things like thistles.
  9. The Norse from the north had some sore thumbs for Thor.
  10. Several youth used to kiss Keith‘s niece beneath the moose wreath.