How to Pronounce the /ʒ/ Sound

This time, we're going to work on the details of the /ʒ/ sound. Are you ready? Do you wanna improve your English language proficiency?

How to Pronounce the /ʒ/ Sound

In this lesson, we will discuss how we can masterfully pronounce the /ʒ/ sound using the proper articulatory organs.

What Type of Sound Is /ʒ/?

/ʒ/ is a consonant sound in the English language.

How to Produce /ʒ/?

how to pronounce the /ʒ/

As you can see in picture (b), the tongue is an important participant in the production of this sound. In order to pronounce it, we must raise the middle part of the tongue. Its tip remains in its place. Note that the middle part of the tongue does not touch the roof of the mouth. The uvula, on the other hand, will not let the air move up towards the nose. If you look closely, you will notice that the circle in the throat is red indicating that this sound is voiced. So, we must use our vocal cords in the process.
In picture (a), the lips and the teeth are parted. When we want to produce this sound, our lips are in the same position as when we want to pronounce the vowel /i/.
As you can see in picture (c), the tongue does not make contact anywhere in the mouth. Below, there are the letters that represent this sound:

  • Sometimes s + u: su

Measure /meʒ·ər/

Usually /juː.ʒu.ə.li/

Pleasure /pleʒ·ər/

  • Sometimes s + i: si

Television /tel·əˌvɪʒ·ən/

Asia /eɪ.ʒə/

Version /vɜr·ʒən/

/ʒ/ Sound in 17 Most Common World Languages

Below, you can find a table regarding the /ʒ/ sound in the 17 most common world languages. Look:

The Languages Do You Have It? Examples
Mandarin x -
Spanish x -
Hindustani अझ़दहा / اژدہا
Bengali x -
Portuguese loja
Russian x -
Japanese x -
Vietnamese x -
Marathi x -
Turkish jale
French jour
German garage
Italian x -
Persian مژه
Arabic (Standard) x -
Korean x -

Listening

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

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