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Do all native English speakers actually pronounce the "th" sound?

Most native English speakers you hear will effortlessly pronounce the th digraph you're having trouble with. While there are some dialects of English that pronounce it /d/ or /t/ or /f/ depending on ...
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Do all native English speakers actually pronounce the "th" sound?

All "standard" accents maintain the sounds /θ/ and /ð/ It will definitely stand out if you can't pronounce the "th" sounds (there are two, the voiceless version /θ/ and the voiced version /ð/). For ...
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Do all native English speakers actually pronounce the "th" sound?

There is African-American Vernacular English. The th sound appears to be used more rarely (if ever): When occurring in the beginning of a word, the th- sound is pronounced as a d- sound. ...
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How to pronounce "That's the thing"?

Not really, no. A native speaker wouldn't drop the 's', and it would sound wrong. If you have trouble pronouncing the sounds together, I suggest slowing down and leaving a little bit of space between "...
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Do most Americans pronounce 'months' as 'mons', and 'clothes' as 'clos'?

Some do, some don't. Even one person's pronunciations can shift depending on the situation. I pronounce months /mʌnθs/, with the θ. I think most people I know personally also pronounce the θ. But not ...
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Do all native English speakers actually pronounce the "th" sound?

I have heard Newfoundlanders in Canada replace the "th" sound with "t" as "tree" instead of "three" or "Tursday" instead of "Thursday." But to help you learn to pronounce it properly, I am ESL ...
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Do all native English speakers actually pronounce the "th" sound?

The standard accent for Irish native speakers of English does not use /θ/ and /ð/. In novels Irish people are often depicted as invariably replacing /θ/ and /ð/ by /t/ and /d/, but that is described ...
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How to pronounce "That's the thing"?

All the sounds in That's the thing are mandatory. In IPA the sounds are written like this: /ðæts.ðə.θɪŋ/. The hardest part is the bold in that's the thing: /ðæts.ðə.θɪŋ/. This is because there is no ...
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How to pronounce "That's the thing"?

A lot of non-native speakers have trouble pronouncing th. If it comes out sounding more like a d, it will probably be OK — you'll just sound like you have a foreign accent. However, if you omit the '...
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Th sounds in English

Here is my tip. It's a little experiment you can try on your own. Let's assume that you can pronounce the /f/ sound and the /v/ sound in English properly. The /f/ and /v/ sounds are basically the ...
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Do they notice me if I use /d/ instead of 'th' sound?

Yes, it’s noticeable. It’s somewhat of an issue because those sounds are very common in English. I feel it is more stylistic than correctness, however here is how I make the /th/ sound. Try to touch ...
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How to pronounce thing and thought?

When teaching Italian students who struggle with the pronunciation of thirteen, thirty-three, thirtieth and thirty-first, I show them the "correct" pronunciation by gently pressing my tongue between ...
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why Chinese pronounce 'θ' to 's'

The answer is simply that in each language, these sounds are perceived to be closer to the English sounds than other sounds available in their inventory: /θ/ /ð/ are dental fricatives [s] [z] (the ...
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Do most Americans pronounce 'months' as 'mons', and 'clothes' as 'clos'?

I've lived all over various parts of the USA. Months often pronounced as munce, sounding like dunce. Some people use proper annunciation, but it's more rare than common. Clothes often pronounced as ...
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Do all native English speakers actually pronounce the "th" sound?

As the other answers state, yes, the majority of native English speakers do/can pronounce the "th" sound (be it as in "the" or "three"). Though this isn't the case from the word go. Children who are ...
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Do most Americans pronounce 'months' as 'mons', and 'clothes' as 'clos'?

I don't know about most Americans, but /kloʊz/ is a standard pronunciation of "clothes" (noun). It's not a mark of being uneducated or lazy, it's just a pronunciation. Just like thumb is pronounced ...
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Th sounds in English

I'm not sure these are the two you're thinking of, but there are certainly both unvoiced ("teeth") and voiced ("teethe") versions. It's like the difference between the S and Z sounds. I'm not sure ...
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How should I pronounce "th" well?

I don't think biting your bottom lip will help you pronounce "th". Try this instead: Close your mouth most of the way so that your teeth are touching the tip of your tongue, top and bottom. Your ...
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Do they notice me if I use /d/ instead of 'th' sound?

Yes, native speakers will absolutely notice if you use /d/ instead of /the/. It's one of the key things that gives away a lot of non-native speakers.
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How to pronounce "used the" in the USA?

Used the (pronunciation) "...what I heard instead of 'used the' was like 'use the' " If we are speaking clearly and enunciating every word carefully, there would be a clear /d/ as a final ...
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In which instance is "th" pronounced like in "the"?

There are more 'exceptions to rules' than there are 'rules'; however, there are some general guidelines that might help you. Preliminaries The ⟨th⟩ sounds are represented by [θ] and [ð] in the IPA (I'...
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Common words where TH is not pronounced as TH?

Every rule in English has exceptions, including this rule. There are some words (like “thyme”, pronounced the same as “time”) where even the correct pronunciation of “th” is weird, but it’s much more ...
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How do we pronounce month's? I mean apostrophe s after th?

The presence or absence of an apostrophe makes no difference. When I say 'th', my tongue is curled up at the sides. To change the sound to 's' I simply flatten it.
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Voiced th pronunciation

If you can say the unvoiced th, then you already know what to do with your mouth to say the voiced th. Of course, just make the unvoiced th voiced; remember to let your vocal chords hum while saying ...
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Exchanging TH (voiced) sound with D sound?

All feedback in the comments is very good. To the native speakers, these sounds pose no ambiguity. Additionally, I can attest that even for a non-native speaker, these sounds are not an issue of ...
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Is there a standard technique for practicing the "th" phonemes?

Current standard? Not sure. What I used on my child was to pretend English was an inflected language: The, they, their, them (repeat) The "r" in their requires a slight movement of the tongue. The "...
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