10/SET/2005 11:43 PM
||They e day
The ubiquitous TH. I really don't get why this one is so
hard for people. It's just like a D, but about a half inch forward.
Instead of the tip of the tongue being on the alveolar ridge (the
bumpy ridge behind your top teeth), it's pressed against the biting
edge of your top teeth. It doesn't extend out, it just meets the edge
of the teeth and then allows the air to escape.
The reason this sound is so important is that it appears in the word
"the" which, according to all word count studies, is the most
commonly used word in the English language, and accounts for 6% of
spoken English. If you master everything but the simple word
"the," you'll still only have an accuracy rate of 94%.
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