The / ʃ / in Ship and the / ʒ / in Genre
Pronunciation Activation Pack – 33
/ ʃ / Ship / ʒ / Genre
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the consonant sounds / ʃ / and / ʒ /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / ʃ / and / ʒ / sounds.
We will look at lots of words which have the / ʃ / and / ʒ / sounds in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / ʃ / and / ʒ / sounds correctly.
The / ʃ / and / ʒ / sounds are palato-alveolar fricatives made by disrupting the air flow by bunching up the tongue against the roof of the mouth.
The / ʃ / sound on the chart is shown in blue, which means it is unvoiced, while the / ʒ / sound is shown in green, which means that it is voiced.
Letter Combinations for / ʃ /
This unvoiced palato-alveolar fricative can have these letter combinations:
TI, SS, SI, SH, SU, SC, CI, CE, CH, and rarely X.
Letter Combinations for / ʒ /
This voiced palato-alveolar fricative can have these letter combinations:
SI, S, SU, ZU, G, GE, and GI.
Schedule a special sabotage mission.
/ ˈʃed.juːl ə ˈspeʃ.l̩ ˈsæ.bə.tɑːʒ ˈmɪʃ.n̩ /
I assure you sheep have a measurable consciousness.
/ ˈaɪ ə.ˈʃɔː ju ʃiːp həv ə ˈme.ʒə.rəb.l̩ ˈkɒn.ʃə.snəs /
I shun chef’s sugary pleasures like blancmange.
/ ˈaɪ ʃʌn ʃefs ˈʃʊ.ɡə.ri ˈple.ʒəz ˈlaɪk blə.ˈmɒnʒ /
A fuchsia is not an allusion to bourgeois luxury.
/ ə ˈfjuː.ʃə ɪz nɒt ən ə.ˈluːʒ.n̩ tə ˈbʊəʒ.wɑː ˈlʌk.ʃə.ri /
The creation of the nation’s first station.
/ ðə kriː.ˈeɪʃ.n̩ əv ðə ˈneɪ.ʃənz ˈfɜːst ˈsteɪʃ.n̩ /
Problems for Students
There are very few words, six in fact, which differ only in the / ʃ / and / ʒ / sounds and, as these are unlikely to cause a problem, we need not concern ourselves with these here.
The main problem is between the two sounds / ʃ / and / tʃ / in words like chip / tʃɪp / and ship / ʃɪp /, and cash / kæʃ / and catch / kætʃ /.
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at minimal pairs differing only in the / ʃ / and / tʃ / sounds.
Resources and Activators
As with all of my English Activation Packs, this Activation Pack has valuable resources to help you activate the language in this lesson.
Download the resources from the link at the top left.
You will also find the Activators at the end of the Pack.
These will give you plenty of exercises to help you make the language in this lesson part of your active vocabulary.
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