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For example, when I am speaking the below phrase as fast as I can while pronouncing "th" correctly, I will have a short pause between the words - "to" and "that". Nevertheless, if I pronounce "d" instead, I will be able to maintain a steady speed:
- I am not going to that place!
Another instance, this one is much more noticeable for my pause:
- I notice that that pinky ring is very suitable for you.
Please advise. Thanks a lot.
However, in slow or normal speech there is a difference of course, but I still believe in some dialects it might be more difficult to hear it (New York accent?). In some dialects "th" and "d" are both pronounced as "d", so they are the same (African American English and some other accents).
If you can't talk normally then you are probably trying to overpronounce something, or you just don't practice enough.
I am not going to that place!<-- If you have trouble with this, maybe you need to practice more, because there are no difficult clusters to pronounce.
I notice that that pinky ring is very suitable for you. <-- Here you can pronounce the T in "that" as a glottal stop, so it becomes easy to say "tha(t) that pinky ring".
In other cases it might be difficult to pronounce "th" correctly, so you need to change the way you pronounce it. Your tongue won't be between your teeth anymore, but it'll be behind your upper teeth. The preceding consonant will be around the same position too. Some examples are:
Hit the ball (T + TH, if you don't replace the T with a glottal stop)
Find the ball (D + TH)
Can that man do it? (N + TH)
.. and so on.
Jesse S.Hello. I was wondering if native English speaker will pronounce "this" as "dis", "that" as "dat" when they are giving a rapid speechNo.
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