How can I make myself pronounce 'th' sounds correctly?
January 8, 2009 6:19 AM Subscribe
I can't pronounce 'th' sounds in normal speech. That is, I pronounce 'the' as 'vuh' and 'three' as 'free' (rather than putting my tongue against my teeth as apparently other people do). I'm very self-conscious now I'm aware of it and worry it will give people a poor impression of me - "vey might fink I'm fick". Has anyone else had this problem? How can I fix it?
posted by asb to Human Relations (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I had glue ear
when I was young (5 maybe?) which meant I had problems learning to speak properly due to hearing difficulties. I had speech therapy at the time which improved my speech dramatically. I discovered 'th' was supposed to be pronounced differently to 'f' or 'v' when I was ~12/13. I'm now 20.
If you have any idea of the cost of speech therapy to correct this in the UK ( would it be possible on the NHS? - hopeful I know) then that would be helpful. As a student, I don't have much money to put into this. I don't really know where to start to train myself. I can make the right sounds for "the", but can't say "three" (or at least it doesn't sound right to me), and I can't seem to do words such as "other" so they sound right either (my attempts sound like 'uzzer'). That step probably isn't insurmountable, but then how to make myself use the right pronunciation in normal conversation? Perhaps you have some tips or materials for teaching myself? Do you think it's even possible to change at this stage?
This isn't the only problem I have with my communication - I also tend to speak too quickly, too quietly or mumble.