How to Pronounce the /ʃ/ Sound
Here, we're gonna learn about the /ʃ/ sound. I know that it looks a bit weird, but trust me, it's as easy as a piece of cake.
In this lesson, we are going to learn all there is about how we can produce the /ʃ/ sound using the appropriate articulatory organs.
What Type of Sound Is /ʃ/?
/ʃ/ is a consonant in the English language.
How to Produce /ʃ/?
As you can see in picture (b), the tongue plays a major part in the production of this sound. In order to produce this sound, the middle part of the tongue raises and gets close to the roof of the mouth. The sides of the tongue touch the roof of the mouth. The tip of the tongue is directed downwards and it is just behind the back of the front teeth. Note that the uvula has blocked the air passing through to the nose. If you pay attention to the throat, the circle is grey indicating that we do not need to use our vocal cords. So, it is voiceless.
As you can see in picture (a), the lips are parted and the teeth are slightly touching. Note that when we are producing this sound, the corners of the lips are directed downwards a bit.
In picture (c), you can see where exactly the sides of the tongue touch the roof of the mouth. It is right behind the upper front teeth. Below, we have provided all the letters that represent this sound for you:
- s + sure: sh
- s + sion: sh
- Sometimes s + u: su
Note that there are some exceptions when we combine two letters, but it is not a rule and cannot be applied to every word. For example:
We cannot say that whenever c comes with e, they sound /ʃ/.
/ʃ/ Sound 17 Most Common World Languages
In the table below, you can see that several of the 17 most common world languages have this sound. Check it out:
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