Note: the red
letters all have the same sound
This is an UNVOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO
NOT vibrate when making the sound.
LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover
your ears with your hands.
Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in
Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot listen to your vocal cords vibrating.
CANNOT FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if
you place your hands on your neck.
Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the
Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot feel your vocal
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your
head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English.
It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
and tongue position
The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips,
and tongue position when you make this sound.
mouth releases air which is then quickly stopped.
Your lips should be slightly separated.
The front part of your tongue should be behind your upper teeth.
Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
Pronunciation practice words
Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing
the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and
tongue are in their proper positions.
Note: the red letters all
have the same sound (watch the video above)
Pronunciation word test
Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as
Toy boat [repeated]
Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
A Tudor who tooted a flute tried to tutor two
tooters to toot. Said the two to their tutor, "Is it harder to
toot or to tutor two tooters to toot?"
Tim, the thin twin tinsmith
The two-twenty-two train tore through the
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
Two Truckee truckers truculently truckling to
have truck to truck two trucks of truck.
Two toads, totally tired.
Hi-Tech Traveling Tractor Trailor Truck
Three twigs twined tightly.
An Easy Sound
Pronouncing T is pretty easy. Remember to produce a bit
of air from your mouth when pronouncing this sound.
The following classroom lessons are great for
students who want additional conversation, listening,
and reading practice. Please post a comment at the
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Conversation Lesson -
Level. Dialogs for everyday use.
Short situational dialogs for students of English as
a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a
written conversation and a conversation notes
Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for
students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL)
LAYLA: Thanks for meeting with me during
your lunch hour. I appreciate it.
MONICA: No problem. I’m happy to help.
What’s going on?
LAYLA: Oh you know, the usual. Should I
take this new job? Or do I stick with my current one?
MONICA: Well, I think it’s time for a
change, don’t you? They pay you late and you are unhappy.
LAYLA: Do you really think so?
MONICA: I know so. And I’ve been listening
to you complain for over a year now. Trust me. Take the job. What do you have to
In formal conversation, giving advice is often suggested
through modals: ought to/ should / could / If I were you. In informal
conversations people tend to use words such as I think that/ I feel that/ in
Listen for the emphasis on I know so and Trust me. These
common phrases can be used to convey both positive and negative emotions. “I
know so” conveys a deep belief or certainty. “To know” shows more certainty
than “to think.”
Notice the use of command forms: Take the job. /Trust
me./ Go for it! The command form can be used to gently persuade someone.
English conversation lessons. 30
lessons focusing mostly on communication and
lessons are for intermediate students.
(Beginner - Listening)
Avoid Ineffective Study Methods. An audio lesson to help
you study English more effectively. The English is
spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English study tips.
Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this