The most common error patters for initial J are devoicing (sounds like ch), making a continuant sound rather than a stop sound (sounds like zh, as in the word measure), or substituting a y sound for the j sound.
A common error pattern for the initial "j" sound is devoicing. This makes the "j" sound more like "ch." Use the recording below to practice contrasting words that start with the "ch" sound and the "j" sound.
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Find your target sound. Listen to the words. Repeat each word until you are confident in your pronunciation. Use your recording tool to record the sample and your word. Playback and compare. Repeat until your production matches the sample.