Learn how to pronounce the words BIRTH and BERTH with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.



These words are homophones and are pronounced exactly the same way: b-er-th or /bɜrθ/.


Birth means to be born.

Berth is a place at a wharf or dock for a ship or a sleeping location on a ship.

Sentence Example:

The woman gave birth in the upper berth of the ship.

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Hello everyone it’s jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday two for Tuesday are homophones, those are words that are spelled differently, with different meanings, but they are pronounced exactly the same way.

So yes these words are pronounced exactly the same way!

Let’s look at our words we have birth which means the beginning of something or when a baby is born; and birth a ship’s assigned spot on a dock or a bunk on a train or a ship.

So to say these words correctly we’re going to start with that b sound super easy open your mouth let the air puff out this is where the words get confusing i’ve gotten so many questions about “how do I say an r and then a th” here you go!

So we’re going to start with that er: to do this square tense lips tip of the tongue is either pointing down or flipped back it is not touching your teeth the tip of your tongue never touches your teeth for the er sound the back of your tongue is pulled way high up towards the roof of the mouth.

Now you’re going to have to put the tip of your tongue out of your mouth the tongue is not touching the teeth when it sticks out of the mouth TH you can see my tongue is almost like a cup and that is allowing air to move out of the mouth over the tongue. TH TH TH

So we’re going to move from that er th erth you want to make sure that when you are moving your tongue your tongue does not accidentally hit your teeth because then it’s going to make the sound different so again we’re going to move slowly while we practice this and then as you practice you’ll be able to get faster and it will be easier er th er th erth

and let’s put it all together
birth birth birth birth birth birth birth birth

And now for a sentence The woman gave birth in the upper birth of the ship.

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