More Difficult Consonant Sounds – #79120

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More Difficult Consonant Sounds – #79120

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Important Points to Remember: (The symbols inside the slashes are the phonetic symbols.)

The “J” /ʤ/ is made with the tip of your tongue touching just behind your upper front teeth and the back of the tongue touching the side teeth. As you release the sound, you drop your tongue. This sound is voiced.

The “Y” /j/ is made with your tongue near the top of your mouth, but not touching it. Bring your tongue down as you say the sound.

When you make the “S” and “Z” sounds, your tongue is in the same position. The sides of your tongue are touching your upper side teeth, and the tip of the tongue is just behind the upper front teeth.

  •     “S” is unvoiced.
  •     “Z” is voiced.

“TH” /θ/ is made by putting your tongue between your front teeth and pushing air out.

“D” is made by touching the tip of your tongue on your gum behind your upper front teeth. Press your tongue more firmly on the gum. Then you release your tongue as you say the sound. This is a voiced sound.

“T” is made just like the “D,” but it’s unvoiced.

“CH” /ʧ/ is made with the tip of your tongue touching just behind your upper front teeth and the back of the tongue touching the side teeth. As you release the sound, you drop your tongue. It’s unvoiced.

When you make the “F” and “V” sounds, you use your upper teeth and lower lip.

  •     “F” is unvoiced.
  •     “V” is voiced.

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