The word the is the most frequently used word in English. Many non-native speakers mispronounce it. Use the videos below to help you learn to pronounce the correctly.
Need more help for the sounds in the word the? The video below goes into detail on the American Th and how to correct it in the most frequently used word in English.
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Many people mispronounce the word says. Even though we have vowel ay /eɪ/ in the word say, says has vowel ɛ. This is the vowel in our anchor phrase red tent. Says rhymes with fez and rez.
Also make sure you use a /z/ sound on the end of the word. Say "sez" /sɛz/, not "s-ay-s" /ses/.
For more help with vowel /ɛ/, go to our practice for vowel /ɛ/.
For more help with final /z/ sounds, check out our practice for final /z/.
For more everyday mistakes, see our YouTube playlist and our Quick Fix Practice.
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