Unitat 35

/Ʒ/ and /Z/

The following sounds are commonly mispronounced. They are both voiced sounds, which means that the vocal chords vibrate.

Contingut exercicis

For the /z/ sound, the air and vibration should be at your front teeth, which gently press against each other. It sounds like the noise of a bee.

Click on the link to hear the sound:

https://www.freesound.org/people/margo_heston/sounds/193321/

 

For the /ʒ/ sound, the air and vibration should be at your side teeth, which gently press against each other.

Click on the link to hear the sound:

https://www.freesound.org/people/margo_heston/sounds/193325/

 

Below, some examples for both sounds:

A /z/ sound follows words that end with a voiced sound like [b], [d], [l], [m], [n], [v], [r] or a vowel sound. For example: moves, drives, plays, planes, neighbours, opportunities, boys. Other examples of this sound are: wizard, zoo, zero, wise, visit, busy.

 

There are not many words in English with the /ʒ/ sound. It is mostly found in words that came into English from other languages in the middle or at the end of the word. Some examples that contain this sound are: measure, beige, composure, closure, casual, massage or garage. Notice that in words ending in -sion, the s is also pronounced with a /ʒ/ sound: collision, division, revision or version.

 

As you can see, /z/ sounds are frequently written with a z (zero) and an s (nose). But sometimes, they can be spelled with zz (buzz) or ss (scissors). Words with a /ʒ/ sound are frequently spelled with an s (usual) and a g (mirage).

 

Exercici 1

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.

Exercici 2

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.

Exercici 3

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.