The or thee?

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Just like we use an when our noun starts with a vowel (the letters a, e, i, o, u) or starts with a vowel sound (e.g.  the hour) there’s a special way to pronounce the article the with the same words.

You need to pronounce the letter e in the just like you read the letter E in the alphabet [i:].

Now, try to pronounce the and listen to yourself speaking.

Let’s look at a few examples:

The apple

The apple

The envelope

The Envelope

The island

The island

The ocean

The ocean

The umbrella

The umbrella

Now, try to pronounce the same words yourself and listen to how you speak.

The words are:

  • The apple
  • The envelope
  • The island
  • The ocean
  • The umbrella

I decided to make my next video about how to pronounce the th sound and I’d love to know how you pronounce it. Feel free to leave a comment with a short recording of your speech using vocaroo to share with us.
Who knows? I might even make a special tip for you in the video. 🙂

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