- using /j/ "y" (job sounds like yob)
- using /ʒ/ instead (page sounds like pazh)
- using /tʃ/ "ch" (devoicing - Judge sounds like chuch)
The most common errors for /dʒ/ are:
One challenge that the /dʒ/ "j" sounds presents for pronunciation is that it is not always spelled the same way. The most common spellings are the letters J and G at the start of words, and the letters -ge and -dge at the ends of words. Sometimes in the middle of words, there are some "hidden" j sounds. Below, find examples of the spelling of /dʒ/ in the middle of words.
as j: enjoy - injure - major - majority - object - project - reject - subject
as ge/gi/gy: agency - apologize - biology - danger - energy - engineer - imagine - intelligent - longitude - Los Angeles - magic - pigeon - register - refrigerator - original - region - Roger - strategy - technology - urgent - vegetable - Virginia
as dj: adjust as dge: badger - budget
as d: education, educate, graduate, gradual, individual, procedure, soldier, fraudulent
Pronouncing the letters of the alphabet in English can be challenging. When we start with A and say the letters in order, we may be correct, but when we have to spell something using the letters, it is more difficult. Use the video above to refresh your memory on the sounds in the pronunciation of the letters, then use the techniques below to practice things you commonly need to spell.
Think of what you typically need to spell, and write out the pronunciation of the letters in order. Practice spelling out your name, street address, company name or other information you typically give out. For additional help with being clear while spelling over the phone, check out this lesson.
If your name is Rajesh, write the following:
are, ay, jay, ee, ess, aych
If your last name is Rodriguez, write it out like this:
are, oh, dee, are, eye, gee, you, ee, zee
If you live on Palatine Road, write it as:
pee, ay, ell, ay, tee, eye, enn, ee
The Full Alphabet
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