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Pronouncing 'th' 'th'的发音

Dear editors, I'm bothered with the word 'length', the pronunciation of which is hard for me. The end of its single form should be read /θ/. But when its plural form lengths appears, my mouth couldn't work. What should I say when / θ/ meets /s/? In other words, how to pronounce /θs/? Thank you for your help.

Tim, China

Do you ever have problems like the one our listener Tim mentioned above?

He has trouble pronouncing the /ths/ sound at the end of the word 'lengths'.

Don't worry if you do have trouble with this sound, as Finn says in the programme even native speakers sometimes have problems with it.

And, in the programme you can learn a good way to make this sound, plus the other /th/ sound which occurs in common words like 'the', 'this' and 'that'.

Measuring tape

How do you say length correctly?

But be warned, you need to stick your tongue out.

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