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Pronunciation: How to Pronounce S
This practice page is for people who struggle with the regular S sound. Read about English pronunciation of S and Z sounds.
|The S Sound:
Make the S by lightly placing your tongue near the top of your
the ridge behind your front teeth. The air should pass over the top of
tongue in an even way. The tongue is relaxed. While making the sound,
do not press or tense the tongue--let it naturally lower slightly as
air passes over.
develop a whistle or slight lisp on S because the tongue is not even.
Everyone's mouth is different, and the position of your teeth can also affect your S sound by forcing your tongue to be off center. You may have to practice until you find the position that works for you.
The S sound is all about the free flow of air over the tongue. Record yourself and listen to see if the sound seems blocked. This can mean that your tongue is too tense, that it's pushing up on the top of your mouth (which stops the air) or that it is touching your front teeth. The tongue should be in a relaxed, neutral position toward the top of the mouth.
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