3 Silly Faces to Help with English Sounds
English has some silly sounds, which can produce some silly faces! Here are 3 silly faces you can duplicate to help you achieve those English sounds!
You can see this sound in text in different forms: ee, ie, and ea. Some English words are:
The sound is also the name of the English letter “E.” This sound is also the same as the French and Spanish name of the letter “I.”
To make this sound, all you have to do is have a big smile, while showing all your teeth, and have the corners of your mouth flat rather than upturned.
The next sound also has some similarities with other languages. To make it, we want to position our mouth in an O form and have our teeth together like a bunny rabbit. You will want to push the air out of your mouth while placing the tip of your tongue at the top of your mouth as you would to make a “T” sound.
Think of it as if you are mimicking a train: “choo choo.”
In French, this sound is similar (not quite the same, but similar) to “CH” in “chaise.” In Spanish, the “CH” sound is the same to the one in “coche.”
One of the most difficult, if not, THE most difficult, is the “TH” sound in English. No matter your native language, the “TH” sound is tricky.
These 2 letters can be pronounced via 2 different sounds because in order to make these 2 sounds, you make the same silly face!
For the first option with the “S,” think like you are a snake and make the sound a snake would. Now, implement this when saying a TH word such as “thanks.”
For the second option, act like a snake again, but this time have more of a vibration in your throat. You can try it with this TH word: “these.”
For both ways, you need your tongue touching the back of your front teeth while they are slightly parted.
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