I saw a sentence in which there were two consonant sounds I couldn't pronounce. The sentence is below:

"I read at length these days".

In this sentence I was unable to pronounce length and these together. How to pronounce /θ/ of length and /ð/ of these together?

Do we need to skip one? Can you help me, please?

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    Native English speakers don't try to pronounce them both. They simply ignore the original /θ/ of length -- or substitute a glottal stop for it -- and just say the /ð/ in these, producing something that sounds like /'lɛŋʔðizdez/ – John Lawler Apr 12 '20 at 17:53
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    @JohnLawler Have to disagree with that. I can’t really tell for sure whether there’s actually any voicing when I pronounce it, but the /θ/ is definitely there. If I skip anything, it’s the /ð/; if anything, I pronounce it [ˈlɛŋʔθiːzdeɪz]. (The glottal stop isn’t substitution for me; I pronounce length in isolation as [lɛŋʔθ] as well.) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 12 '20 at 21:01
  • Everybody has their own fast speech rules (/fæspitʃulz/ in my case). – John Lawler Apr 12 '20 at 21:13

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