UNIT 2 Chapter 1 Lesson 12 /z/

LESSON 10 /z/

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /z/

  1. The tip of the tongue is raised up behind the back part of the upper teeth.
  2. The tip of the tongue does not touch behind the back part of the upper teeth.
  3. The side part of the tongue is touching the middle and back part of the upper teeth.
  4. The air passes through the center part of the tongue.
  5. This is a voiced sound.

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COMMON JAPANESE MISTAKE

Usually students pronounce this sound as /dz/

MINIMAL PAIRS /z/ and /dz/

Highlight and click the word to listen to its pronunciation or click the play button to listen to all the words.(only in PC)
Read and listen to the differences between /æ/ and /ɑ/

Test your listening skill by asking someone to RANDOMLY read a word and try to guess which word was read.
/z/ /dz/
/zɑ/ /dzɑ/
/zi/ /dzi/
/zu/ /dzu/
/ze/ /dze/
/zɔ/ /dzɔ/

LET US PRACTICE /z/

Practice pronouncing the /z/ sound using the words below. 

HOW TO PRACTICE

  1. LISTEN to the audio file.
  2. COPY how the words are pronounced.
  3. SLOWLY read the words.
  4. LOOK at your mouth and tongue movement using a MIRROR.
  5. ALWAYS practice.
TWO-SYLLABLE WORDS //

 INITIAL

  1. zebra
    /zíːbrə/
  1. zigzag
    /zíɡzæg/
  1. zipper
    /zípɚ/

MIDDLE

  1. business
    /bíznəs/
  1. busy
    /bízi:/
  1. crazy
    /kréizi:/

FINAL

  1. confuse
    /kənfjú:z/
  2. stories
    /stɔ́:ri:z/
  3. pillows
    /pílouz/
THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS //

INITIAL

  1. Zimbabwe
    /zimbɑ́ːbwi/
  1. zucchini
    /zuːkíːni/ 
  1. zestfully
    /zéstfəli/

MIDDLE

  1. magazine
    /mǽɡəzi:n/ 
  1. presenter
    /prízentər/
  1. amazing
    /əméiziŋ/

FINAL

  1. bananas
    /bənǽnəz/
  2. exercise
    /éksɚsaiz/
  3. Japanese
    /dzæpəni:z/

LET US PHRASE IT

  1. zealous Zelda
    /zéləs zéldə/
  1. a dozen of Zebra
    /ə dʌ́zn əv zí:brə/
  1. raisin in the magazine
    /réizin in ðə mǽgəzì:n/
  1. teasing the zookeeper
    /tí:ziŋ ðə zú:ki:pɚ/

TONGUE TWISTER

Zia’s lazy lizard is in the zoo. 
/zí:əz léizi lízɚd iz in ðə zú:/

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