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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which 'th' is pronounced differently?

The 'f' in 'of' sounds like what letter?

"Josh is an idiot." What sound does the 's' in 'is' make?

Which type of 's' sound do we use for the 's' at the end of plurals?

Which type of 's' sound do we use for the 'S' at the beginning of the name 'Sally'?


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116 Comments on “How to pronounce TH, S, F sounds in English”


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The video was perfect! Thanks:)

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

    i like your video james it helps m a lot Godbles!!

    Thursday, March 14th 2013

James, your videos are very useful! But I wonder if you could do the vido dedicated to synonyms. For instance: what is the difference between- include, embody, and incorporate, or- unite, amalgamate, and merge? It would be great if you did one)

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Thank You Teacher…!!!!
After this class I need to clean my screen of my computer :D But now I konw the different of the sounds….!

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

    ahaha,, good, yeah so do i.. :D

    best regard, ur friend in Engvid

    Sunday, June 1st 2014

Wow!

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Wow a very good lesson.. =) well I’ve done the quiz and I made 1 mistake… Is it good.. or I have to practise more?
Thanks

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Hello, approximately one years ago I had this problem, but not now. Five of five :) English is my life. Now it was just a jive :)

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Thank you James. You´re a great teacher. I liked this lesson.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Another great lesson especially for English starters.
I remember when I was a child, how our English teacher tried to learn us how to pronounce TH. He had very special method. He told us to put hot potato into the mouth and try to speak :D
Anyway, your method is much much better. Thank you very much ;)

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

I think James speak very fast. Could you speak a little bit slower. Some lesson I am not able to understan him.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

    I’m agree with you! It’d be better more slowly

    Saturday, April 21st 2012

holycows I didn’t know that, great lesson, n’ better teacher.see ya buddy,take care. what is butt I guess is the asshole right. byeeee.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

“Gas coming from your bottom”:))))Good explanation)

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

hello, you really help me a lot,. i hope you give more example like how to use the present tense, past tense,future tense. and how to use the word a and the when you used it in a sentence. thank you! im really not good in eng. hope you help me.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Thank you a lot! One more usefull lesson.

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

It really helps, Thank you. It would be nice If you could upload new lessons frequently. I am trying to study English language and I am very much eager to know the tricks. God bless.

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

Thank you! ‘TH’ is my weakness. Also I get confused with ‘W’, especially pronuncing ‘were’. It’ll be great to have such lesson on the EnVid.

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

this was really a boring lesson , james why you always make snakes and teach ?? do reply all are waiting to see your reply

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

I am confused about this question in the quiz:

Which type of ‘s’ sound do we use for the ‘s’ at the end of plurals?
– regular
– vibratory (voiced)

I think both answers are correct. The type of ‘s’ at the end of plurals depends on the last letter at the end of singular form.
– If it voices, ‘s’ is voiced too
– If not, it is voiceless

Wednesday, November 9th 2011

    Sorry, I meant
    – If the last letter at the end of the singular form is voiced, ‘s’ at the end of plural from is voiced too
    – If not, ‘s’ is voiceless too.

    Wednesday, November 9th 2011

The quality of audio tape is not qality enough.

Thursday, November 10th 2011

James, I can’t thank you enough for this lesson !

Thursday, November 10th 2011

I can’t wait till your lesson on

” vowels VS. consonant “

Thursday, November 10th 2011

I bet you’ll master it, just like what you did here … !

Thursday, November 10th 2011

this lesson is for beginner not for advenced level …. i wonder why advenced people look at this video ???? please talk slowly to understand you …thank you

Thursday, November 10th 2011

    Maybe because they are just enjoying the style of this teacher:)

    Friday, November 11th 2011

DEAR MR TEACHER COULD YOU MAKE SOME LESSONS ABOUT PUNCTUATION PLIZzz?

Friday, November 11th 2011

The video was very very great! I have never heard like teaching pronunciation.
Thank you very much.

Saturday, November 12th 2011

Thank you for the lesson. I enjoyed it

Saturday, November 12th 2011

super…………

Saturday, November 12th 2011

Hello, James. I really enjoy your lessons. Thanks a lot.

Saturday, November 12th 2011

hi james i´m an ESL public school teacher in Uruguay,you helped me visualise how i can make my self more clear with my students.
My situation is weird i speak english as a second language,but I´m teaching native students,,so they end up teaching me ,I didn´t know you could use if i were you i ill,instead of the subjunctive …..bye

Saturday, November 12th 2011

Great lesson James!!!!!!

Sunday, November 13th 2011

James, please, please tell me is this sentence quite correct, or it’s not? “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you I loved you when I knew I did. Most of all, I’m sorry that I gave up on us and you never did” And If you could write it correctly, I’d be very thankful to you :)

Monday, November 14th 2011

Very useful and funny

Monday, November 14th 2011

really really funny doctor . thanx for your effort

Tuesday, November 15th 2011

Thanks very much for this lesson…

Tuesday, November 15th 2011

Good …

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

wow! thank you very much

Wednesday, November 16th 2011

James you are a morvelous .thank you so much and we need more about how to use a complicated word in a correct way.

Tq

Thursday, November 17th 2011

please teatcher how can I pronounce TH like THE and TH like think if you can

Thursday, November 17th 2011

I mean is there any grammatical rules of pronuoncing TH like think the please my teacher.

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Good! I enjoyed it :)

Thursday, November 17th 2011

Thank you Teacher Im Good on the Prononciation now :D

Thursday, November 17th 2011

That was very useful many thanks to you

Friday, November 18th 2011

thank you t.james

Friday, November 18th 2011

Thanks a lot .

Monday, November 21st 2011

I was very enjoyed the lesson, thank you.

Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

Hi James i saw your th, s & f vibrate sounds video & it’s so nice but please tell me, can i use these vibrate sounds in speaking
i already learnt much english but my teachers didn’t tell me these vibrate sounds. so i’m not getting understand.
please please reply must…thanks

Thursday, November 24th 2011

Hi James,
thank you but for me this lesson of yours become very difficult for me to understand it any way what i will do i have to repeated so many!!!!!

one point you are too fast in speaking can you speak slowly enough or check the your microphone its’s so high make it to be little a bit flexible.
thanks.
James.Manyang

Friday, November 25th 2011

Best way of explining th sound.

thanks a trillion!!!
Zan

Friday, November 25th 2011

it hepls me :-0 thats nice

Saturday, November 26th 2011

Hello!
My name is Silvia. I saw here your videos, I have studied English for 12 years by now. The kind of videos you have done are the most inspiring I have seen. I wish my own teacher would have the same kind of power to inpire us too. You really make me listen to you.

Monday, November 28th 2011

It is excellent lesson. Thank Teacher James.
;)

Tuesday, November 29th 2011

I like it thank you

Tuesday, November 29th 2011

Thanks a real good video :)

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

Oh, no.. I can’t make myself pronounce ‘th’ sounds correctly :(

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

James, Thank you!
Your lessons are funny and useful very much!

Saturday, December 10th 2011

I love the way you teach how to pronounce fart Off .. ehehe

Tuesday, December 20th 2011

I’m a brazilian, and because this is hard for me speak the diferents sonds of “th”. This lesson is helping me. Thank very much for you by the very good website.

Sunday, December 25th 2011

i like this lesson :)

Friday, December 30th 2011

It was very useful for me, thank you, especially you try to explain with your acts.I like it much.

Thursday, January 5th 2012

It’s great teaching method. i like it very much.

Friday, January 6th 2012

I enjoyed this classes, they are very good, James would change my english school here in brazil, he’s funny and knows how to get the student’s atention, i like his classes on you tube, besides I can learn some hints to teach my co-workers.. thanks

Sunday, January 8th 2012

thank you so much for your teachng because you are agood tacher

Saturday, January 14th 2012

What a singular example! It’s SeemS to be THat’S hiS THought is Still So…

Monday, January 16th 2012

thank you

Monday, January 16th 2012

Thanks James
Great lesson!

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

Thank you for your explanation. I like this lesson too much……

Wednesday, February 8th 2012

man may god bless you.. it was soooo funny and understable lesson.. one love!!!

Friday, February 17th 2012

Freaking good!

Tuesday, February 28th 2012

Thank you, I love this website ;)

Thursday, March 1st 2012

thank u mr james ir was useful lesson but i wonder way u didnot the stracature of sounds it was well be better thank again

Tuesday, March 13th 2012

Pronunciation is difficult !!!
thank you ~~

Friday, April 6th 2012

Thx Thx!!

Friday, April 20th 2012

thank you very much

Saturday, May 19th 2012

Mr. James is a droll educator.

Thursday, May 24th 2012

Your explanation is good but your actions are some extraordinary.

Thursday, May 31st 2012

Well done James, i like the way you teach..thanks a lot!

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

pronunce “Th” is very difficult :(

Friday, June 15th 2012

1. Dear James
I hope you are well, Firs and foremost we haven’t communicated before, therefore allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kaz Rybokowicz, I am a Junior Commodity Broker in the city of London.
The reason I am writing to you, is to ask you opinion or perhaps you would be kind enough to point me right direction. The query I have got is very simple and I am shore person like you, with such extensive expertise with in matters will have instant answer.
I have recently joined the company I work for, in fact it is completely deferent field to what I was specializing previously. One of the ways I came up with, to get ahead faster is to listen to sales telephone conversations of top %10 Senior Brokers with their clients in my company and do exactly the same thing with my clients. I have taken the time to download recordings, and I listen to it over and over again.
The accrual process of memorizing takes wary long time and even then I am unable to recall exact words the way it was said. I have tried your method, I had these recordings transcribed and it is faster, however, 3minutes recording equals to sometimes 5 pages and that takes approximately 15hours to memories. The aim is to get to know something like 25 hours of recording and being able to speak to my client exactly the same way. The reason I think it is good idea for me to memorise these lines is because English isn’t my first language, I am a comfortable speaker and have no problems communicating, having said that the language that’s used in on upbeat business executive level with some of the vocabulary I had no exposure to in the past.
Also there are tones of material on the market with I am required familiarise myself with, not necessarily memorise but to be able to summarize, havening read the text.
Perhaps you know some other ways that would be beneficial to me, with regards to that as well
It would be greatly appreciated if you take few minutes of your time and reply to my email.
Best Regards
Kaz

Saturday, June 23rd 2012

good job !

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

OH MY GOD! DO YOU THINK THAT EVERYBODY IS AMERICAN I KNOW ENGLISH SO MUCH,BUT YOU SPEAK FASTER AND I DON’T GET UNDERSTAND ALMOST NOTHING!SO A LOT FOR YOU! SPEAK SLOWER LIKE THE TEACHER RONNIE PLEASE !THANKS

Thursday, July 19th 2012

OH MY GOD IS BETTER I WATCH THE RONNIE VIDEOS SAME! :(

Thursday, July 19th 2012

Hello teacher. You are very good. The lesson so help me! I’m beginner in english. Thank you!

Friday, July 20th 2012

i love this lesson.. it’s too useful for me and for everyone

Thursday, August 9th 2012

awesome video! it helped me a lot :) thanks!

Tuesday, August 14th 2012

Hi James,
I think you are a GREAT teacher.
“The brother of my wife”.
Isn’t it better to say “My wife’s brother?”
I’m asking because I’ve learned that we use “of” for the an-animated things and not for people. Could you PLEASE explain it to me.
Thank you.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

I have learned a lot from the lessons, I never knew that there were plenty of pronunciations I was ignorant of

Saturday, September 8th 2012

Tks…

Just another addicted in your videos.

Congrats…

Wednesday, October 17th 2012

You got 5 correct out of 5.
:D

Wednesday, October 17th 2012

very helpful…

Saturday, October 27th 2012

Thanks alot, it helped me alot :D

Wednesday, November 7th 2012

Thanks for very useful video. I have once question regarding to this one. How can I recognize the words which sounds regular or vibration like silly sounds regularly as you denoted?

Thursday, November 8th 2012

thank you a lot D.

Friday, November 9th 2012

Oh, I have just known that there is difference between regular s/f and vibrated s/f. Thank you for lessons teacher James.
:D

Friday, November 16th 2012

For pronunciation, Emma is the best. You shouldnt teach this lesson.

Sunday, November 25th 2012

Now I get the differences for those sounds.

Saturday, February 9th 2013

How great!

Sunday, February 17th 2013

why you pronounce the with different way “thee” and “tha”

Thursday, February 21st 2013

it is very good lesson,thanks JAMES

Friday, February 22nd 2013


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thank a lot appreciate

Wednesday, March 6th 2013

JAMES…you do very hard work…i bemused about your effort :)…

Thursday, March 7th 2013

Great lesson!

Friday, March 22nd 2013

Many thanks,this lesson is my weakness

Wednesday, April 24th 2013

I have difficulties with pronunciation :( … thanks it is really useful lesson :)

Friday, May 24th 2013

I have a big problem of pronounce: thought, though, through in differents way! it’s quite the same to me…

Wednesday, June 5th 2013

hi teacher james,
I really like the way you teach. I am from Philippines. I’ve been in Canada for almost 10 yrs but I could still use help to improve my english. Pronouncing is one of my biggest problem especially now that I am in Newfoundland their english is totally slang and different. My co-worker is making fun of me when i say words starting with s following with consonant. For example slender, speaking and also words with th like three or tree. Do you do a one on one teaching? My second problem is vocabulary. Anyways I dont want to overwhelm you. I am hoping to hear from you

Saturday, June 15th 2013

    If it makes you feel any better, everyone else in Canada makes fun of how people in Newfoundland talk! :P

    Monday, June 17th 2013

Fantastic!!!!

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

i got 100 =D ,i realy like your lessons thanks alot

Thursday, December 26th 2013

Thank you so much for teaching the way how to pronounce the th (vibrate on)! I have suffered the difficulty for such a long time! Fantastic James!!!

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

James,
You’re so cool… keep going… you speak really fast but that’s a huge help for us since you force us to listen carefuly and repeat listening… I think that’s a plus for not native speakers like me… the person who thinks that only needs listening your videos ONCE to get the whole idea, in my opinion, is totally wrong!!

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

james its really productive apt style of explanation is the key in your lectures!

Monday, June 2nd 2014

very interesting

Saturday, July 5th 2014
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