TH Fronting

TH Fronting

AUDIO KEY: Manchester (bold)

In many areas of England, particularly in big cities like Manchester, some speakers don’t pronounce < th > words with /θ,ð/, instead they use /f,v/: THANKS, THEATRE, BROTHER. 

So the word THREE is pronounced in the same way as FREE. This is known as ‘th fronting’ because the sound is made further to the front of the mouth.

Listen and decide if the sentences contain dental (θ, ð) or front (f,v) TH sounds:

1. I think so. /θ,ð/ /f,v/

2. That’s pathetic. /θ,ð/ /f,v/

3. Think nothing of it. /θ,ð/ /f,v/

4. It’s further than I thought. /θ,ð/ /f,v/

5. This is the seventh time. /θ,ð/ /f,v/

6. Thanks, that’s so thoughtful! /θ,ð/ /f,v/

7. They’re really thirsty. /θ,ð/ /f,v/

8. The thing is,  he’s my brother! /θ,ð/ /f,v/

Answers & Audio

1. women
2. once
3. again
4. business
5. says
6. does
7. friend
8. built
9. flood
10. sausage

 

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