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For me it's quite hard to pronounce with correctly, especially when I try to speak faster. For example, saying with sauce nearly breaks my tongue.

Do you have any advice for me? Can I reduce the with somehow, like saying wi.. sauce?

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    I recommend our sister-site for English Language Learners. – tchrist Jul 23 '14 at 21:56
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    In normal, rapid speech, I’d probably pronounce with sauce as just [wˈsɔːs]. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 23 '14 at 22:00
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    The final consonant in with is pronounced variably (/wɪð/ or /wɪθ/), and often deleted in consonant clusters or rapid speech. The only place it's always the same is in the spelling. Of course, this is also true of almost all English words. – John Lawler Jul 23 '14 at 22:16
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    You're 'th' is probably voiced (too much air) and you're tongue is probably tense. Try relaxing the tongue a bit and pronouncing a voiceless 'th'. – user3847 Jul 31 '14 at 4:01
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    I think I'd say [wɪzsɒs], as one possible pronunciation. If you have a problem pronouncing some phoneme combinations, it's a good bet that native speakers also have a problem and will often simplify the pronunciation in some way. – Greg Lee Mar 6 '15 at 18:29
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Try this: start by saying "with the sauce"... practice a few times until that phrase is smooth, then begin to suppress the vowel sound from "the", and keep diminishing the enunciation of "the" until it is completely imperceptible, not even the small "bump" between the first and third words. Now it should be easier to transition from the 'th' of 'with' to the 's' of 'sauce'.

Another way to do it: prounounce "this" slowly and clearly, and gradually drop the voicing of the 'i' ( shorten the vowel sound each time ), eventually resulting in "thssss"; now you have taught your brain to slide from 'th' to 's' more smoothly. Finally, try "with sauce" and see how it goes. :-)

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