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Pronunciation: lesson 33
Videos: pronunciation, practice
: pronunciation word test
American English Pronunciation Lesson 33

Today in the classroom you are going to learn to pronounce the sound sh as in the words sheet, machine, precious, station. Remember "practice makes perfect" if you want to improve your English speaking ability.
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Pronunciation: American English Lesson 33 (reading and pronunciation)

Pronounce the sound sh as in the words sheet, machine, precious, station. Watch the following pronunciation videos and learn to pronounce this sound correctly.
Video: American English Pronunciation Lesson 33 (listening, reading, and pronunciation)
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Spelling: This sound can be spelled in any of the following ways
sh ship, she, sheet, sheep, shoe, shrine, shout, shiny, cushion, fish, finish, wash, fresh, push
ch machine
s sure
c precious, ocean
t station
ss mission
Note: the red letters all have the same sound
Sound: Voiced and Unvoiced

This is an UNVOICED sound which means Your Vocal Cords DO NOT vibrate when making the sound.
You CANNOT LISTEN to your Vocal Cords vibrating if you cover your ears with your hands.

Try covering your ears with your hands as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot listen to your vocal cords vibrating.
You CANNOT FEEL your Vocal Cords vibrating if you place your hands on your neck.

Try placing your hands on your neck as Akiko is doing in the picture.

Now make the sound of this lesson. You cannot feel your vocal cords vibrating.
The following diagram shows the most important parts of your head and mouth used for pronouncing the sounds of English. It also shows the location of your Vocal Cords.
Position: Mouth, lips, and tongue

The following descriptions explain the proper mouth, lips, and tongue position when you make this sound.

Your mouth releases air continuously.

Your lips should be slightly separated.

The middle part of your tongue should be in the upper part of your mouth.
Practice: Watch the following video and practice pronouncing this sound

Listen to the video and practice repeating each word.
Pronunciation practice words

Look at your mouth in a mirror and practice pronouncing the following words. Make sure your mouth, lips, and tongue are in their proper positions.
she sheet sheep shoe
cushion fish finish machine
sure precious ocean station
Note: the red letters all have the same sound (watch the video above)
Test: Pronunciation word test

Try saying the following tongue twisters as quickly as possible.
  • We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
  • Six short slow shepherds.
  • Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep. The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed shilly-shallied south. These sheep shouldn't sleep in a shack; sheep should sleep in a shed.
  • Sure the ship's shipshape, sir.
  • Sixish.
  • Shredded Swiss chesse.
  • Selfish shellfish.
  • Sarah saw a shot-silk sash shop full of shot-silk sashes as the sunshine shone on the side of the shot-silk sash shop.
  • Susan shineth shoes and socks; socks and shoes shines Susan. She ceased shining shoes and socks, for shoes and socks shock Susan.
  • The soldiers shouldered shooters on their shoulders.
From YOUR Teacher: Pronouncing SH

This sound is really easy to pronounce. All you need to do is make the same sound as when trying to make someone be quiet.
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