Today we introduce the soft-th sound. We’ve been using the hard-th sound for quite some time.
The major difference between soft and hard sounds is that hard sounds are voiced while soft sounds are not. With th sounds, there tends to be a very slight difference in the placment of the tonge. With the soft-th, your tongue is sticking slightly out and is in between your top and bottom front teeth. With the hard-th sound, it is just behind your top front teeth. Most important is that with the hard-th, you make a sound with your voice, while with the soft-th you simply blow air.
Does this make sense to you? Try it. Put your hand on your voicebox and feel the difference between hard-th words like the or then and soft-th sounds like with or three.
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