How to Pronounce the /j/ Sound

In this lesson, we will learn all there is about the /j/ sound. Are you ready? Let's begin a new adventure together then.

How to Pronounce the /j/ Sound

In this lesson, we are going to focus on how we can learn to produce the /j/ sound using the proper articulatory organs.

What Type of Sound Is /j/?

/j/ is a consonant in the English language.

How to Produce /j/?

how to pronounce /j/

As you can see in picture (b), the tongue plays an important part here. In order to produce it, the middle part of the tongue raises. The tip of the tongue does not make contact anywhere and remains in its place. Also, note that the tongue does not touch the roof of the mouth. The uvula stops the air from going up through the nose. If you pay attention to the throat, you can see that the circle is red, indicating that this sound is voiced. So, we have to use our vocal cords. Gently, we move the air out of our mouths.
In picture (a), You can see that the lips and the teeth are parted. The shape of the mouth is like that when we pronounce the vowel /i/.
In picture (c), you can see that the tongue does not touch anywhere in the mouth. Below, there are the letters that represent this sound:

You /juː/

Year /jɪr/

Yellow /jeloʊ/

Yikes /jaɪks/

/j/ Sound in 17 Most Common World Languages

There is a table below that helps you see which languages in the 17 most common languages spoken around the world have the /j/ sound

The Languages Do You Have It? Examples
Mandarin
Spanish x -
Hindustani यान/یان
Bengali নয়ন
Portuguese boia
Russian яма
Japanese
Vietnamese x -
Marathi यश
Turkish yol
French yeux
German Jacke
Italian ione
Persian یزد
Arabic (Standard) يوم
Korean 여섯

Listening

Below, there is an audio file that helps you learn the proper pronunciation of the /j/ sound:

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