How To Say TH

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How To Say TH

Many children have difficulty saying the TH sound. I will teach you how to make the TH sound so you can better teach your child in the next section. 

Below is a pictures of what TH should look like:

To learn how to make the TH sound we must know what each articulator (tongue, teeth, breath, jaw, and voice) does.

Tongue: The tongue sticks out “slightly” past the teeth

Teeth: Top and bottom teeth rest lightly on tongue

Jaw: Jaw is stable with teeth aligned

Breath: There is a continuous airflow

Voice: TH has 2 sounds. One is voiced and the other is voiceless. For voiced “th”, the voice box is turned on (i.e., the). For voiceless “th”, the voice box is turned off (i.e., through). To know if you are using your voice, touch your neck and say "the." You should feel a “buzz” in your throat. Now say "through" while touching your throat. You should feel nothing since you are not using your voice.


How to use this section:

I will introduce all cues that I find helpful. Please read and become familiar with each one. You will not use all of them. Instead, when you are ready to start practicing, you will try a few and figure out which ones are most helpful for your child. Most likely, you will use a combination of a few. Please refer back to this section as needed!

Speech therapists use a variety of cues during therapy including tactile (touch), verbal (words), and visual (visual models/mirrors) to elicit a correct sound production. Below are the most useful cues for TH.


  1. Model what a correct “th” looks like (stick your tongue out slightly) and have your child copy
  2. Show your child your tongue as you say “th”


  1. Say “tongue between teeth”
  2. Say “stick tongue out”
  3. Say “use your good TH” or simply “TH”
  4. Say "tongue"


  1. Touch (your or your child’s) throat with your hand to cue “turn on the voice box” for voiced “th.” 
  2. Have your child put their finger in front of their mouth as if he/she was saying “shhh.” As your child says “th”, their tongue should touch their finger.

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What's Next

Now that your know how to say TH and what cues are helpful, head over to Teach TH to start practicing with your child. 

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