Posted by Grant Richardson, 25th July, 2018
Mispronunciation of the two ‘th’ sounds is such a common mistake, and it will typically limit your Pronunciation score to 6.
‘Th’ is pronounced one of two possible ways depending on the word, and you should practice both of these sounds:
For both these ‘th’ sounds (voiced or unvoiced), the tip of the tongue lightly rests between the top and bottom teeth for both sounds.
Practice saying these words:
Cantonese native speakers must be careful not to replace /θ/ with /f/:
And not to replace /ð/ with /d/ or /v/, depending on whether the ‘th’ is at the beginning or end of the syllable:
Native speakers of many other languages, including Mandarin, might sometimes incorrectly use /s/ for /θ/, and /z/ for /ð/: