Pronouncing “Jesus”

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My Korean student came to Bible study today. And I noticed the way she said “Jesus” was hard to understand. Now this is not the “Jesus” that my Hispanic friends say –“Hay-soos”. That is very easy to understand. This Korean “Jesus” sounded like “Jeezhus”. I noticed that instead of using a Z sound there in the middle, she was using a ZH sound, like in the middle of “measure” or “vision”.

So we chatted about how to say “Jesus” using an American English pronunciation.

Jesus = “Jee  ZuS”

To get that correct Z sound, practice Z words like zip, zipper, zoo, zebra, buzz, fizz, ways (z), and goes (z).

If it’s still hard to get the Z sound in there, try backwards chaining. That’s when you say the last syllable first, and add the next syllable, building the word outward from there. So try “Zus”, “Zus”, “Zus”, “Jee  Zus”, “Jee  Zus”, “Jee  Zus”.

Best of luck, and keep up the good work speaking English!

 

Close & Clothes (Misunderstood Words)

Close_Clothes_pronunciationMy ESL and pronunciation students say these words are often confused – “close” and “clothes”.

Below are some helpful hints for pronouncing

close – near

close – shut

clothes – apparel

1.      close kl oh s near My house is close to school.

Almost always “close to”

 

2.      close kl oh z to shut, or to end He will close the door.

The service will close with a hymn.

 

3.      cloze kl oh z a test where the reader supplies the missing word Cloze worksheets are often used in ESL classes.

 

 

4.      clothes kl oh z (more common pronunciation) garments for the body She wore her favorite clothes.

 

 

5.        kl oh thz  – th/vibration (less common pronunciation)    

 

 

 

6.      clothe kl oh th – th/vibration (uncommon word) to put clothes on, or to dress Clothe yourself with compassion” Colossians 3:12

 

 

7.      closed kl oh zd past tense of close, shut The door was closed.

 

 

8.      clothed kl oh thd – th/vibration past tense of clothe, or dressed She was clothed all in white.