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Saturday October 10th, 2009
In this week's podcast, we're going to learn how to pronounce the consonants /dʒ/ and /ʒ/ distinctly and correctly.
Learning to hear and say the difference between /dʒ/ as in "virgin" and /ʒ/ as in "version", will make your pronunciation more accurate and will make your accent sound more like a native speaker's.
Depending on what your first language is, you may find it difficult to pronounce and distinguish between these sounds.
More specifically, if your first language is Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese, Japanese or German, you may be confusing these two sounds.
But it's important for everybody, no matter what their first language is, to learn the distinction between /dʒ/ and /ʒ/.
In podcasts #38 and #48 we learned how to pronounce /dʒ/ and /ʒ/ correctly and in full detail.
I recommend that you listen to those podcasts before listening to this one, if you haven't already.
The focus of this week's podcast is:
How to Pronounce /dʒ/ :
So let's begin by reviewing how to pronounce the sound /dʒ/ as in "June" and "agent".
Tongue: Press the tip and the blade (front edge) of your tongue against the gum ridge (bump on the roof of your mouth). Press firmly. (The sides of the tongue should be touching the side teeth.) Stop the air flow completely until the pressure builds up and then release your tongue tip quickly as you vocalize..
lips: Protruded slightly. (Forward, pushed outward)
Exercise: Please listen and repeat /dʒ/:
/dʒ/ ... /dʒ/
The difference between /dʒ/ and /ʒ/
The main difference between these consonants is that for /dʒ/, we stop the air flow completely using our tongue tip. Our tongue tip presses up against the gum ridge, stopping the air for a split second. /dʒ/ is a "stop consonant." For /ʒ/ on the other hand, the air flows continuously over the tongue tip. It is a "continunant consonant."
Exercise: Listen and repeat the consoananst /dʒ/ and /ʒ/, paying careful attention to your form:
/dʒ/ ... /ʒ/
Tips for Accurate Pronunciation of /dʒ/ and /ʒ/:
Tip :When pronouncing /dʒ/ make sure that your tongue tip is on the ridge. A common mistake students make is to not pressing their tongue tip hard enough. This allows air to escape, creating a hybrid sound which is somewhere between /dʒ/ and /ʒ/.
Distinguishing between /dʒ/ and /ʒ/:
Now that we've learned how to pronounce /dʒ/ and /ʒ/ correctly, let's work on developing a clear distinction between these sounds.
We're going to do a special training exercise to help you develop a clear distinction between /dʒ/ and /ʒ/.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following pairs of words.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following sentences.
agent ... asian
My agent booked an asian airline.
I got your message about the massage.
Mastering the distinction between /dʒ/ and /ʒ/ is an important part of learning to speak English clearly and correctly. To the ears of an American, these two sounds are completely different and distinct .
Learning these sounds is one more important step toward speaking English with a standard American accent.
The best way to learn a new a sound is to practice it slowly.
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Thank you and see you next time!
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