For non-native English speakers these sounds might be very difficult to be learnt. There’re 2 standard sounds represented by the letters “th” in English.
And there is no way out: you can’t replace them with sounds you consider ”alike”. They’re unique sounds and once you learn them you – and others – will notice a watershed in your English pronunciation ability.
When travelling for instance, people may not understand if you pronounce “three” and “tree” the same; they might get what you’re saying from the context but still, this kind of mistake definitely affects the quality of the communication.
Let’s dive into it, shall we?
One might think that “have got to” (or its famous version “gotta”), “must” and “have to” can be used interchangeably, that is, whenever one wants. And that’s not accurate.
In this post, I explain these differences as well as I recommend a great video to help you even more!
One thing that frustrates everybody learning a new language is pronunciation.
We get shy, think we are not able to do it, that it’s too hard, that we are dumb, yada yada yada. The reason for this is probably the social pressure we are usually subjected to. Quite often we have that friend, who speaks the language we are learning, and who may tease us for not being able to reproduce the sounds of that language properly. And the jokes are everywhere, not only in our social circles, but in the internet – obviously – as well. Here are some…
You have probably noticed that I love to watch words fighting.
I mean, there are so many words that look very similar and can have the same meaning in some contexts, that we just ignore their diferences. We assume their meanings.
A friend and former teacher of mine, Vicky, told me something her father says: “don’t assume, or you might be making an ass out of you and me“. Clever, eh?
So, do you really know the difference between assume and presume?
I didn’t. And I’ve just found a video that will…
As you may know, I’m Brazilian and here we don’t speak “Brazilian” but Portuguese (Português) instead. That’s because instead of being colonized by England as English speaking countries were, Portugal was the country who settled in the area Brazil is today. FYI, we don’t speak exactly as Portuguese people do, some would say it’s “totally different” but I disagree. I think it’s very similar and I would even compare the relation between Brazilian Portuguese and Portugal’s Portuguese to the American and British English.
There’re many ways to start learning a new language. Since you are able to read this, you already know how to write dozens of languages which are all abased on the latin alphabet. I think whatever you do, if you want to keep doing it, you have to be motivated all the time. A good way to do that is to start right away. I mean, grammar is important and I loved it but when you begin learning a new language, knowing all the special rules will only make you stressed and unmotivated.
Today I found a great source of videos for English speakers who want to learn Portuguese: a YouTube channel. The channel is maintained by Luciana Lage who is Brazilian. Partnered with Susan Zaraysky, Luciana made a series of videos called “Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs” which I loved. Both teachers are very knowledgeable and interact in a very dynamic and pleasant way.