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How to pronounce the -th- sound of 'thumb' in English

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How to make this sound

/th/umb is a consonant made by sticking your tongue out just a little between the top and bottom teeth so that the front top teeth touch the top surface of your tongue. That is, as if gently biting your tongue. While your tongue is in this position you gently blow air out of your mouth over your tongue. This is an unvoiced, quiet sound. Just air is heard.

Example words

theatre, nothing fourth thank anything fifth thunder everything sixth thorn author seventh thin arithmetic path thigh bathtub both thought healthy mouth theme wealthy beneath third Athens earth three birthday tooth

Practice the -TH- sound of the word 'thumb'

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  1. Mathew found his birthday present beneath the table.
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  2. I think he threw the ball through the window.
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  3. He had nothing in his mouth.
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  4. They went down the path to the theatre.
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  5. The thief found a toothbrush on the tablecloth.
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  6. Something thick fell in the bathtub.
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  7. The teacher measured the length with both hands.
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  8. Take the three o'clock train north to Athens.
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  9. He felt thirsty without a drink.
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  10. She thought the toothpaste without sugar was healthier.
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