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Tim's Pronunciation Workshop: 'the'

Tim demonstrates two different ways to pronounce the word 'the'

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Tim's Pronunciation Workshop: 'the'

You know the trouble with paint pots...
Tim's back in his pronunciation workshop. This time he's finding out how English speakers sometimes pronounce the word the - and he's having trouble opening his paint pots...

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Take a look at the video, then try the activity to do some practice.

 

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Tim
Hi. I'm Tim and this is my Pronunciation workshop. Here I'm going to show you how English is really spoken. Come on, let's go inside. You know, I’ve been thinking about decorating my workshop – bringing a little bit of colour to it. But I can’t decide between blue or orange. Hmm. Let’s ask the people of London.

Voxpops
I prefer the blue one to the orange one.
I prefer the blue one to the orange one.
I prefer the blue one to the orange one.

Tim
That sounds pretty comprehensive. Blue it is. I'll go in and get the paints. Ooh, but first, let’s talk about pronunciation. Now, everyone used the definite article – the – and in each case it wasn’t stressed, but the pronunciation was slightly different. I'm going to go in and get the paints: you listen again and see if you can hear the two different ways the definite article is pronounced. I'll see you inside.

Voxpops
I prefer the blue one to the orange one.
I prefer the blue one to the orange one.
I prefer the blue one to the orange one.

Tim
If it’s not stressed, the pronunciation of the word the will change depending on the word that follows. If the next word begins in a consonant sound, it’s pronounced /ðə/. I prefer the blue one. But, if the next word begins in a vowel sound, it’s pronounced /ðɪː/. I prefer the orange one. And you might remember from a previous video that when the sound /ɪː/ is followed by a vowel sound, you might also hear a small linking /j/ in between. I prefer the orange one. Here are some more examples.

Examples
In a restaurant, I always order the apple pie.
I think the autumn is the best time of year.
The earlier I get up, the happier I am.
It’s the one over there.

Tim
So you've heard the examples, and now it's your turn. Listen and repeat.

Examples
In a restaurant, I always order the apple pie.
I think the autumn is the best time of year.
The earlier I get up, the happier I am.
It’s the one over there.

Tim
Well done. Now remember, if you want to learn more about pronunciation, then please visit our website, bbclearningenglish.com. And that is about it from the pronunciation workshop for this week. I'll see you soon. Bye bye! Right – let's get cracking on this painting. Now, you know the problem with these paint pots is that the lids aren't always the easiest to open. Ahh! Owww! Eeeshh! Not again!

To do

So that's how and why the pronunciation of the changes in natural spoken English. Now try this activity to get some more practice.

The 'the' game

5 Questions

How many times is 'the' pronounced /ðə/ and how many times is 'the' pronounced /ðɪː/?

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End of Unit 18

We hope that was useful. In Unit 19, Sian looks at some of the differences between formal and informal English in Masterclass. In News Review and LingoHack you can find out which words are making the headlines - and Tim will be back with the pronunciation workshop as usual. See you there!

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Session Vocabulary

  • Pronunciation of 'the'

    If the is followed by a word that begins with a consonant sound, it’s pronounced /ðə/. Some examples of phrases where this might happen include:

    • I prefer the blue one.
    • Autumn is the best time of year.

    If the is followed by a word that begins with a vowel sound, it’s pronounced /ðɪː/. Some examples of phrases where this might happen include:

    • I always order the apple pie.
    • I prefer the orange one.

    And don't forget the small linking sound /j/ that comes between an /ɪː/ and a vowel sound:

    • I always order the/j/apple pie.
    • I prefer the/j/orange one.