How to pronounce through Vs. thorough

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It seems like last week’s OUGH extravaganza really hit the spot for many of you (if you missed it here it is: How to pronounce thought, though and tough.)

Today I’m taking it up notch as I discuss the OUGH when it follows TH+R.
So get your tongue ready and come practice in this week’s video:
How to pronounce: Through vs. thorough

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Hi it’s Hadar and this is the Accent’s Way.

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Let’s talk about the pair ‘through’ and ‘thorough’.

through and thorough

They look almost the same and they sound almost the same but different.

So let’s talk about the difference between the two.

The first word is ‘through’ we begin with a TH sound. It’s a soft TH.

The tongue comes out for the TH to release air

and then you pull the tongue in to the middle of the mouth for the R.

Thr-, thr –

Make sure the tongue doesn’t touch anything on the way in.

So it doesn’t sound like ‘fru-‘ alright.

So you bring the tongue down for the R. thr-, thr-

and then it’s a long U as in ‘food’. Through

feels like there is a W at the end, right.

Thruw, thruw

She always comes through.


The word ‘thorough’, ‘thorough’ also begins with a TH but instead of moving directly for the R

you actually have a vowel in between.

Thuh, thuh

It’s the ‘uh’ as in ‘cup’ sound. Thuh-

Only then you bring the tongue up for the R: thuh-row


and then you have a long O as in ‘go’: thuh-row.

‘Through’ – one syllable, ‘thorough’ – two syllables.

A thorough analysis.

She always comes through.

through – thorough.

That’s it. Pretty simple.

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