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!