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Last week, in Q&A #2, I shared some ideas about how to tackle "difficult sounds" in English..
This week, Q&A video #3 is about the consonant blends in English that everyone has trouble with - TH / CH / SH / WH - and some fun tongue twisters too! :)
Here are the tongue twisters - made just for you! :)
TH (both sounds) - Theodore & his father were thrilled to see "Thirty Thundering Thieves on the Fifth Floor" at the theater three times this month! Thumbs up! :)
SH & CH - The selfish shellfish didn't share his seashells with any sheep or chicken on the beach. Shame on you!
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If you are an American speaker, you may not have any trouble with these sounds or the tongue twisters...but you may have to say them a couple of times to get comfortable with them :)
But if you are learning English as a Second Language - and come from a language that doesn't use these sounds often (or at all!) then you will have to HEAR the differences first - and then be able to SAY them. Watch my mouth as I demonstrate them and follow my methods for the correct pronunciations. Over time, you will get more used to them :)
Here's the cute video I mention in the video above that I found on YouTube a couple of years ago, and this teacher did a great job demonstrating the sounds to her 1st graders this way.
Did you like her explanation? Is it helpful to you?? :)
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And for my American friends - or anyone with other suggestions - how do YOU learn a second language best? What have you tried that has worked for you?? Please reply and let me know! :)
That's all for this week! Hope you enjoyed it - pass it on if you did :)
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