Lesson 20- Specific problem for Cantonese speakers: /v/, /z/ and 'th'
These sounds often cause difficulty to speakers of Cantonese because the sounds do not exist in Cantonese.
The consonant /v/
/v/ is articulated exactly like /f/ except that it is voiced. The top teeth touch the lower lip and the air escapes between them, often causing a ticklish feeling in the lower lip.
Try practising the sentences below:
Victor vies with Vince for victory
at Victoria Park.
Practise this short limerick:
Vicki and Vince drive their van
The consonant /z/
/z/ is articulated exactly like /s/ except that it is voiced and /s/ is voiceless. Try saying "Is it?" Easy? This sound is only hard to say at the beginning of words.
Practice these words:
zoo; zebra; xenophobic; zip; xylophone
Can you distinguish these pairs?
Sue / zoo
sip / zip
The consonants /θ/ and /ð/
The spelling 'th' represents two sounds:
1 the sound in "the" (voiced)
Practice these examples:
This is the model for the thicker version; that's the thin one.
What's the matter then?
There's a thin thing slithering through the throng;
I think it's a snake! I hope I'm wrong.