Are you having problems with your p, f, b, v, t, and th?
Is it hard for you to tame your tongue?
Then, i can give you a solution to that. I have known many people around me who are having the same problem. They always mispronounce the words that has p, f, b, v, t, and th sounds. And worst of it, some of the people who hear them mispronounce the words are teasing them and are starting to get low self-esteem. Don’t be discouraged to hear those nonsense comments on your prononunciation! Instead, use them to encourage you to work on it. My friends used to ask me what is my secret to having no problems with my pronounciation. And with my full confidence i answered them “tongue twisters”. Expectedly,their reactions was all in the same line-they weren’t interested because they think that tongue twisters are extremely annoying. But to me it’s not, it’s a good excercise to tame your tongue and stop being teased by mispronounced words.
One of the best tongue twisters i have ever encountered is this:
Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown, The succesful thistle-sifter, While sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles, Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.
Now, if Theophilus Thadeus Thistledown, The succesful thistle-sifter, Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb, See that thou, while sifting a sieve-full of unsifted thistles, Thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.
In this tongue twister you will be working out your th sounds.
Another tongue twister is “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”. This is actually the hardest tongue twister according to the Guiness Book of Records. Try this one out.
Reading and excercising the words you used to mispronounce will also help you end up your pronounciation nightmares. Read books and magazines and refer to any dictionaries that has clear phonetic symbols and follow it.