Olympic Games

Claudia and Marc are discussing the performance of their national teams in the Olympic Games.

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Claudia: Did you know the athlete of my national team finished second in the javelin event? It was a great start for us!
Elias Mendes.: It's true but we won the marathon.
Claudia: Our national basketball team won a gold medal, your team was disqualified!
Elias Mendes.: It is true but our rowing team got a silver medal, yours barely made it to the finish line.
Claudia: I can't wait for the weight-lifting competition, I am sure we will have a medal there.
Elias Mendes.: You will have no chance against us in rhythmic gymnastics for sure!

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OK!

Inteligible pronunciarion in general.

But I must insist in my recommendation to check the pronunciation of the words before performing the exercise, giving priority to the most significant words or to situations where there is only a couple of choices,

In this exercise there is a perfect example to help you along the lines I described: marathon. On one hand the word refers to the iconic symbol of the games. On the other hand the word has the group "th" that usually has two mutually excluding pronunciations, that is it represents two different phonemes (one voiced and the other voiceless):

1) One is technically described as voiced dental fricative which means a pronunciation as in this

2) The other is technically described as voiceless dental fricative which means a pronunciation as in thing

You pronounced marathon with a t like in two, which was neither correct nor one of the usual choices.

Marathon is pronounced as a voiceles TH like in thing. The usual button would show you the pronunciation of these words. Remember: it is a very usual choice to make.

 In English, the digraph th represents in most cases one of two different phonemes: the voiced dental fricative /ð/ (as in this) and the voiceless dental fricative /θ/ (thing)

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Hey, thank you for all your great tips!