The Letter J

In this lesson, we will learn about all the sounds of the letter J. It is the tenth letter of the English alphabet. What are you waiting for? hop in.

"The Letter J" in the English Alphabet

J is the tenth letter in the English alphabet. It is considered a consonant.

Consonants are the letters that are produced by stopping the letter from flowing easily.

Uppercase Form J
Lowercase j
Name jay (pronounced /ˈdʒeɪ/)
Main Sound /dʒ/

The Letter J: Sounds

J only has one common sound:

Main Soun: /dʒ/

'j' mainly sounds /dʒ/:

jar /dʒɑːr/

jumper /ˈdʒʌmpər/

pajamas /pəˈdʒɑː.məz/

Other Sounds

Sound 2: /dʒ/ or /ʒ/

'J' mainly in loanwords mainly sounds /dʒ/ and sometimes /ʒ/:

Raj /ɹɑːdʒ/ /ɹɑːʒ/

Azerbaijan /ˌæz.ə(ɹ).baɪˈdʒɑːn/ /ə.ˈzɛː(ɹ).baɪˌʒɑːn/

Taj Mahal /ˌtɑːdʒ məˈhɑːl/ /ˌtɑːʒ məˈhɑːl/

Beijing /ˌbeɪˈʒɪŋ/ /ˌbeɪˈʒɪŋ/

Sound 3: /j/

'J' also sounds /j/:

Fjord /fjɔʁt/

hallelujah /ˌhælɪˈl(j)uːjə/

Sound 4: /ʒ/

'J' also sounds /ʒ/ in French loanwords:

bijou /biˈʒuː/

Dijon /diˈʒɔn/

Tip

'J' also sounds /h/ in the Spanish loanword jalapeño:

Jalapeño /ˌhæl.əˈpeɪn.jəʊ/.

The Letter J: Uses

The letter J can be
The abbreviation of joule; joules in Physics
The abbreviation of judge; justice

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