A lot of English language learners have difficulty pronouncing /th/. Here’s a pronunciation joke for you about some confusion between /th/ and /t/.
Teaching Tip: When you are learning to produce the /th/ sound, lightly bite the end of your tongue.
Listen to the audio. After listening one or two times, read along with the transcript below.
A newcomer to Canada wanted a job, but the foreman didn’t want to hire him, so the foreman said he wouldn’t hire the newcomer unless he could pass a little math test.
“Here is your first question,” the foreman said. “Without using numbers, represent the number 9.”
“Without numbers?” the newcomer said. “Dat’s easy,” and he proceeded to draw three trees.
What’s this?’ the foreman asked.
“Vot*? You got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine,” said the newcomer.
“Fair enough,” said the foreman.
“Here’s your second question. Use the same rules, but this time represent the number 99.”
The newcomer stared into space for a while, then he picked up the picture that he had just drawn and made a smudge on each tree. “Dar you go!’”
The foreman scratched his head and said, ‘How on earth do you get that to represent 99?’
“Each of da trees is dirty now. So, it’s dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty tree. And dat is 99! So, ven** do I start work?”