Review of how to form unvoiced "th": Open your mouth and stick your tongue out slightly. Let your upper front teeth rest very lightly on your tongue. Push air out through the tiny space between your upper front teeth and tongue. Keep your tongue and teeth in contact while you are pushing out the sound.. This is an unvoiced sound, so you will only hear air when you say it.
Illustration of correct lip, teeth and tongue position Illustration of correct tongue position
Practice the following words.
1. think 2. thumb 3. thousand 4. thirteen 5. thinking 6. Thursday 7. thank you 8. theory 9. thief 10. thing
11. thumbtack 12. thin 13. theater 14. thirsty 15. third 16. thirty 17. thought 18. thigh 19. thunder 20. thorough
Practice the following sentences.
1. I think I pricked my thumb on the rose. 2. Andy wants to thank you for the gift. 3. My dog is afraid of thunder. 4. We thanked the men for thinking of us on Thursday. 5. My sister thought her thigh looked too thin. 6. A thousand years ago a theater was in this spot. 7. I dropped thirtythumbtacks on the floor. 8. The thief stole the third painting. 9. The scientist's theory is interesting. 10. Mary has one more thing to tell you. 11. I am always very thirsty.
Practice the following paragraph.
I think there is going to be a severe thunderstorm on Thursday morning. This will be the third one this week, with a total of thirty this year. I wonder what the theory is regarding why they are occurring so frequently. The last thing we need is another storm, but it is always best to prepare for emergencies and to take precautions so everyone is safe. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Idiom: it’s better to be safe than sorry Definition: being prepared may prevent future problems