/s/ & /z/
The consonant sounds in "sit" and "zit" are both made by putting your teeth together and putting your tongue in the middle of your mouth, right behind your teeth, but not touching them.
If we make these sounds the same way, then what is the difference between them? The difference is not what we do with our mouths, but what we do with our voice.
When we make a /s/ sound, we do not use
our voice; the sound is quiet. Put your hand on your throat and make
the sound /s/. You should not feel any movement in your throat.
Now let's listen to some sounds!
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