This has been fun, thanks for coming along!

For the past twenty-six days I’ve chosen a different letter of the alphabet in no particular order and found a word or words to go with it and anything else that comes up and is relevant. Tonight’s slice is going to be super short because my brain has been working on overload and I’m just breathing a sigh of relief that I covered everything and it all worked pretty well.

For the last five days I’m going to remind us of some of the phonics digraphs we use in English (two letters, one sound). Today’s digraph is TH which is probably the trickiest one to say, because it is NOT present in any other language, so everybody says ‘tuh’ or more commonly ‘duh’.

Many times in a day I will tell students to put their tongue between their teeth and say ‘th’ (the soft sound as in think or ‘th’ the hard vibrating sound as in ‘the’).

Some kids pick it up pretty well, some are a bit lazy and need reminding, some do it for certain ‘th’ pronunciations and not others, it’s just one of those things that needs to be on repeat in an ESL classroom. There are after all, very few sentences without a ‘th’ word to be pronounced in them, somewhere!

17 thoughts on “This has been fun, thanks for coming along!

  1. I love telling students about the unique English th sound…IF you sell it well, they often remember it even if they don’t say it right!

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  2. I had no idea that “th” didn’t exist in any other language. Fascinating. And it’s not just English Language Learners who struggle with the sound. I have to remind my son to do this more often than I care to admit. We know he *can* do it, but that ‘duh’ sound is just so easy…

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  3. Well, you learn something new every day! I didn’t know the “th” sound only existed in English. The fact that it makes two sounds must make it even more difficult to teach.

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  4. I have been enjoying the glimpses into your life through your teaching of all the alphabet letters. It didn’t occur to me that you would finish before the month was over! So now- digraphs, of course! And you know… you are welcome to write a slice of life with no teaching 🙂

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  5. Mystery solved-! I wondered where you’d go next – schwa?? I began thinking about that and suddenly pictured a dog named Schwa, and a whole story about it — see what you inspire! This ABC journey has been so fun and I take particular delight in that we rode the same train in different directions.

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