IPA phoneme /ð/
Some common words which practice the initial pronunciation of /ð/ include the following:
- that - the - their - them - then - these - they - this - those - though;
Some common words which practice the mid-position pronunciation of /ð/ include the following:
- another - bother - brother - either - father - feather - further - gather - heather - leather - mother - neither - other - rather - rhythm -together - weather/whether - with;
Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1
Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following section aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.
Many Spanish speakers don't distinguish clearly between /ð/ and /θ/ and when they see "th" tend to pronounce it /θ/, a sound which corresponds to the letter "z" in Spanish.
Another difficulty is the difference between /ð/ and /d/, that is, they may have difficulty distinguishing between "they" and "day".