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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!
My 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
||kl oh s
||My house is close to school.
Almost always “close to”
||kl oh z
||to shut, or to end
||He will close the door.
The service will close with a hymn.
||kl oh z
||a test where the reader supplies the missing word
||Cloze worksheets are often used in ESL classes.
||kl oh z (more common pronunciation)
||garments for the body
||She wore her favorite clothes.
||kl oh thz – th/vibration (less common pronunciation)
||kl oh th – th/vibration (uncommon word)
||to put clothes on, or to dress
||“Clothe yourself with compassion” Colossians 3:12
||kl oh zd
||past tense of close, shut
||The door was closed.
||kl oh thd – th/vibration
||past tense of clothe, or dressed
||She was clothed all in white.