A compound word is a word that is made from two other words put together, for example, “lumber” plus “yard” = “lumberyard”. English has thousands of compound nouns, but there are also some compound adjectives, adverbs and verbs. Here are a few examples: Adjective: childlike, postwar, secondhand, lifelike, monthlong, citywide, overanxious Adverb: henceforth, anyway, overall,… Read More Compound words
Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistle sticks. Six thick thistle sticks. This tongue-twister is good for practicing 2 things: 1. Short-i. In all of these words, the [i] uses the Short-i sound. The key to Short-i is to relax your tongue so that it doesn’t sound like Long-E (see This or These ). 2. “TH”. Be… Read More A tongue-twister: Thistle sticks
So, when people do not pronounce TH correctly, what sound do they make instead? When TH is voiceless (voice is off), common substitutions are T or S, and sometimes F. When TH is voiced, the most common substitutions are D and Z (or occasionally V). This can lead to some funny (or perhaps embarrassing) mix-ups. … Read More TH – Part 2. Some funny mix-ups.
The “TH” sound is one that most ESL learners have problems with — I would guess it is probably 99%. Do you absolutely need to fix it? No. That’s because so many people mispronounce it, that it is sort of a “normal” mistake, and native speakers are used to hearing it wrong. So, why bother?… Read More TH – Part 1. Don’t Be Shy!