85 Comments on “English Pronunciation – 3 Common Mistakes, part 3 – ‘th’”

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Thanks James for this great lesson!

Sunday, February 22nd 2009

Hey, buddy,

I just love your videos, you are so fun to watch and handsome too.(i am not hitting on you lol)

I am taking toefl a day after tom. and i am very nervous. last time i missed the reading for 4 points. hope this time i will do better.
tacke care and keep it english. LOL

Thursday, February 26th 2009

Thanks James

and the ‘Th’ sounds like snake (lol)

Friday, February 27th 2009


    Monday, October 29th 2018

Hi James, these videos are great but I have a question on “TH” sounds. I’m teaching one-to-one here in Spain. After watching your video it sems quite clear but when half way through your video when tou say “th” as in “that” you mention the word “thing” and it’s made me “think”. These are pronounced with a different “th” sound as the normal words starting in “th” “th” at the beginning as in “that” and “th” as in “thing”I’m sure I get a clever student who will ask me why we pronounce th one way or another. Do I just tell them there are exceptions?

Thanks a lot for your videos. Keep up the great work.

Monday, March 2nd 2009

hi james, your videos are nice and helpfull..i’ve just strated the preparation for IELTS exam. Now i need you..;) so..keep it goin’
TH..ok i understood :)

Monday, March 2nd 2009

    Me too just started the preparation for IELTS exam. So How many Have you points scored?

    Monday, September 9th 2019

i have a problem in writing … i can’t wrait the lettres or the paragraphes because i’m moroccan i can’t speak frech verry good but the enGlish i have a little problem it so compleceted for me .. !!! So may you help me and found me a soulotion for my issue and thank you so much james you are a goood teacher ;)

Friday, March 6th 2009

who is the josh guy?

Saturday, April 18th 2009

    Yes, James… tell us about that poor Josh without friend… :)

    Monday, July 4th 2011

thanks sir james love it

Sunday, April 26th 2009

Hi James

I am so thankfull for yours lessons and you have no ideia how many people you have been helping . I wacth yours videos over and over again.

Thanks again.


Wednesday, May 20th 2009

hi dear you didn`t mention that the(th) has tow sounds we pronounce ( the ) not like (three) there is different btween ( th ) in ( the they them that ) and )th) in ( three thanks throw )

Saturday, May 23rd 2009

Hi, thanks for your time and your effort trying to help us to learn.

but you didn,t tell us how to pronunce( th- the ) by using (T and T)

Friday, June 5th 2009

thanks for what were doing but i have a question what is the diferrence between j and g
and the difference between b and p
thx alot.

Saturday, July 4th 2009

Would you give us some similar technical advice for the words: Train/Drain/Rain?

Sunday, August 2nd 2009

thanks for your lessons James, I think your videos are cool and the way you teach is really nice, but I have a question though…sometimes I’ve heard people pronouncing “d’s” and “t’s” instead of “TH’s”. Is that possible? dialects? urban speech? or is it just mispronounced?

I’ve also heard “f’s” for “th’s” like mouff as in mouth or ruffless as in ruthless.

what do you tihnk?

I hope I can get an answer soon
thanks a lot

Sunday, September 27th 2009

very good . woderful

Sunday, February 14th 2010

You are the best teacher I have ever seen, Thanks a lot, :)

Saturday, April 24th 2010

Where is Mr “E”?
Can you explain “gh” sound, like “through”?
Thaks a lot

Monday, April 26th 2010

I don’t understand I can’t see your vid lesson. Pls let me know.

Sunday, June 27th 2010

Hi James! I have a question for you.
As I understand from your lesson, there are three ways to pronoun “TH” depending on the position of “Th”- at the beginning, at the middle and at the end of the word. For example that, brother and both. However, as I know in some words “Th” at the beginning of the word also be pronounced in a similar way as the end of the word. For instance: thing, think, thick, thin etc. Can you give me an answer?

Saturday, July 17th 2010

I always enjoy your classes, thanks to all of you
Great job!

Tuesday, September 14th 2010

thnx dear teacher it was really useful

Saturday, September 18th 2010

Hi crazy teacher called (by) James! You show learning English can be fine (not easy).
Can you give a lessons about sound “R”?

Best wishes!

Thursday, October 14th 2010

Great lesson! Thank you very much! My pupils like it a lot. Thank you! Good luck!

Sunday, November 28th 2010

Hi James!

I’m a Brazilian and this is one of the most difficult sounds in English! This lesson was very helpful for me.

Thank you very much.

Saturday, December 18th 2010

hi James, thank you so much for this useful lesson. I’m meeting difficult about sound of “z”. Please give me a lesson about it.

Best wishes!

Saturday, December 25th 2010

thanks James, I think, you are the best teacher in engvid

Thursday, January 20th 2011

th in brother is voiced

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

oh! very difficult for me

Saturday, March 19th 2011

Thanks for the video its useful but could you tell us more about the word ‘three’. I have a french accent and always used to pronounce it as ‘free’. Recently, I realized I was wrong and thought I should pronounce it as ‘tree’ but one of my friend said its also wrong. So, can u help me?

Sunday, March 27th 2011

It’s very help me to say “with” like native do, Thanks a lot james!

Friday, April 15th 2011

I guess ther should be also mention that the “th” sound at the beginning and ending of words is voiceless (pronouns being the exceptions) while this in the middle is voiced.

Saturday, May 7th 2011

Hi James! I’m Brazilian, and I think you should’ve talked about the words “clothes” and “months”. I can’t say these words! :-(
Anyway, thank you for the lesson. Your videos are great!

Friday, June 10th 2011

The lesson was great. However, I would like to know the pronounciation of the sounds TH + R as in THREE.

Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2011

There’s nothing like the reielf of finding what you’re looking for.

Saturday, July 9th 2011

thanks for you ,sir

Monday, August 1st 2011

I want speak with anyone if you can

Monday, August 1st 2011

Thank you for all advice. I hope to learn English quickly.

Sunday, August 7th 2011

    no buddy for learn the f*cking english you requiere many many years to study I know cause Im learning the f*cking spanish and german and its very dificult. If you wanna learn a good english and travel u have 2 study in a good school prove whit ingles indevidual I think that it call so.

    Thursday, August 11th 2011

      Buena suerte con tu spanish. Igualmente este es un buen sitio para aprender!

      Tuesday, October 18th 2011

hi, James please help me improve my English, i’m bit weird, during studies my English not bad like this, but when i got job my English speaking and writing very bad….I’m not sure why this could happen, sometimes it embarrassed me. I think i should continue my research why my English become like this..bit funny i think..he he..wel ltq James, this page help me lot..

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

when do we have to pronounce th as in thin? and as in these? i am confused. thanks for ur very helpful lessons

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Dear James:
You are the best teacher in the world. I love you.

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Hi Jame
Interesting. I like it
I think if you say that it can pronoun /ð/as in that and /θ/as in thin it would be much better.Thank you

Saturday, October 22nd 2011

No offence James but i donagree with Mary.You should have stated the difference.Thanks anyways

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

Good work James..

Friday, November 4th 2011

Hello James. What would happen if one of the finest classical musicians in the world performs before a traveling rush-hour audience in L’Enfant Plaza? As the Washington Post story tells, he performed dressed like a street violinist, who is lonely and doesn’t have friends, earning his money in an open violin suitcase. His name is Joshua Bell, who is a top violinist, and I think that he is the “Josh with no friends” in your puzzle. I like your lessons and I have learned a lot by watching your videos. I am studying for the TOEFL test, the marathon race, and when I get tired I always refresh myself with your lessons. Respects to you, your team, and your colleagues.

Monday, November 7th 2011

Thanks so much.
You don’t know how I’ve needed this lesson!
It was terrible for me speak ‘th’
I had fear.
You have no idea!
God bless you each day!

Thursday, December 1st 2011

Thanks for this lesson.

Tuesday, December 6th 2011

my brother try to understand.
sir please tell me why use (TO) in this sentense

Wednesday, December 28th 2011

james, what do you say ‘thank’ about?

Wednesday, January 4th 2012


Tuesday, January 31st 2012

Thank you..James for the really good lesson of “th” pronunciation..

Saturday, March 10th 2012

you do always a good deed!!

Thursday, March 29th 2012

good work teacher

Thursday, April 19th 2012

thanks a million…

Thursday, May 10th 2012

I love your teaching style,keep up your good hummer.

Thursday, June 7th 2012

Thanx, James!
but I have a question of how to pronounce the following words:
“Thief”, “fith”,

Monday, June 11th 2012

thanks James!

Your english classes ares fantastic!

Sunday, June 17th 2012

Hi I am from Dominican Republic, and my mother tongue is Spanish, but sometimes I am little confuse with ¨TH¨ sound because most of the time sounds as ¨Z¨ and in some cases as ¨d¨. I have to work that pronunciation, thanks…

Thursday, June 21st 2012

Still laughing … nice job man ! That’s a very important pronunciation lesson. Spanish people have the same sound when saying ‘z’ and ‘c’. ex: Zaragoza, aceitunas, cazar, etc… French people have the funniest way of pronouncing the ‘th’ sound! They learn to make the zee sound and it’s very weird because for me it would be more natural to say the ‘d’ sound instead, even if as you said it’s not the correct way at least when speaking it sounds closer then the zee sound. So they say : Ze mozer and ze fazer of my friend are ze best … I made up my own technique by making the gesture as you do but pronouncing the ‘d’ sound in ‘they’ ‘the’ ‘mother’. Of course in some words I make the gesture but actually make the ‘c’ sound like ‘think’ ‘thirst’ ‘bath’ ‘both’. Keep up with this strategy to teach us! Many thanks, Carlos77.

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

hi ronnie

Thursday, September 27th 2012

I’m actually english and i can’t even pronounce three :/ I have no problem pronouncing things like ‘then’, ‘father’ or ‘both’, however three is very different to me :3

Sunday, September 30th 2012

so interesting!!!

Sunday, January 20th 2013

Another awesome lesoon…thaks so much

Thursday, January 31st 2013

Thank you james its help a lot

Monday, November 25th 2013

thank u

Thursday, December 12th 2013

it’s great video..tnx..

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Dammit! I bit my tongue trying to pronounce the TH sound’s!!!

Thursday, February 27th 2014

Hi james. Why this lessen didn’t have quiz?

Saturday, March 15th 2014

james has not interacted with the students in this lesson, what happened?

Sunday, April 20th 2014

Does anybody know why James used ” a ” in a description of this film . ” in a series of lessons ” , I think that he shouldn’t use a determiner before ” series of lessons ” because it’s in plural . But i can be wrong , so any thoughts ?

Tuesday, November 4th 2014


Tuesday, April 21st 2015

Thx a lot!!!

Sunday, May 3rd 2015

Great lesson!!!

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

I’ve a big problem with “TH”.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Thank you so much, you are wonderful. Thank

Monday, July 11th 2016

thank you so much

Saturday, October 22nd 2016

An example would be “the father with…” with the sound “th” at the first, in the middle and at the end of the word, but when you use “something or anything or nothing” then it doesn’t sound like “mother or father” with the “th” in the middle of the word. That’s is the doubt. Good performance and explanation. Thanks teacher James from EngVid.

Friday, November 25th 2016

So great! Thanks!

Friday, January 26th 2018


Monday, February 5th 2018

Thirsty and thankful! I must go to a to a thrift store to think throughly about the th think! 😉

Sunday, March 10th 2019

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