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  • Well, here’s another trick that might have helped you master those sounds a little more quickly. Place a piece of breakfast cereal such as a Cheerio or Fruit Loop on the front of your tongue and bring it up against the back of your upper teeth. It will create the bit of space that you need to create a ‘th’ sound. Then blow air through your mouth. You’ll have a nice ‘th’ sound, and a bit of practice with the cereal makes it much easier to get the loose resting of your teeth on tongue that you need when speaking these sounds. The practice sessions taste good too.

  • I would not ashamed to say thrice,because I prefer old fashioned words to many now-up -to-date words that are created to simplify every thing! One day ,we might end up with telegraphic- styled or business-styled literature.

  • Yes, but why does the construction stop with once, twice and thrice – what happened to fouice, fivice, etc? Anybody know? BTW Saskia, I sympathise with your ‘th’ experience – as someone who had to correct his lateral sibillance by repeating t-t-t-t-ts-ts-ts-ts…s-s-s-s! My own “tonguetwister: tsilly tsusan’s tsecret tsexual extravaganzas”. Many Leicester pedestrians gave me funny looks in summer 1970 as I marched along London Rd practising my “s’s”.