The letter O in English can say many sounds. The video below gives examples of letter O as vowel /oʊ/ as in no snow, /ɑ/ as in not hot, /ɔ/ as in long dog, and /ʌ/ as in some money.
The "SH" /ʃ/ and "CH" /tʃ/ sounds in English can have accent error patterns because they have some similarities. An important distinction is that the "SH" sound is a continuant (we can hold the sound), and the "CH" sound cannot be held. Use the video below to help you learn these 2 sounds and practice saying them correctly.
Squirrel has similar sound patterns to some other difficult words in American English like rural, world and girl. Here's help for those words, too:
Even though the correct pronunciation of "clothes" has the voiced TH and the z sounds, many native speakers make this word easier by leaving out the TH. They pronounce it as "cloze" just like the verb "close."
Voiced TH /ð/ is less common at the ends of words, but there are some words that have it. For example, the verbs bathe, clothe, teeth, seethe and breathe all have /ð/. The words with and without can be pronounced with either voiceless or voiced TH.
Need help with other words which end in -ths? Check out the video below.
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