Today my article is devoted to letters and sounds which cause pronunciation difficulties for most foreigners. To pronounce the sounds of letters Ж [zh] and Ш [sh] correctly, it is necessary to do following exercises:
You need to sit in front of the mirror and start pronouncing the Russian syllable "СА" [SA] looking at yourself. Look at your tongue – during pronunciation it should be situated behind teeth. After several attempts, you should move your tongue deep into your mouth closer to alveolus (teethridge) – a hollow in a jaw where is a tooth root situated – and continue pronouncing the sound "СА". When you move your tongue very close to teethridge, you can hear that the sound "СА" is transforming into the sound "ША" – it is exactly what we need.
To pronounce the sound "Ж" [zh], you need to do the same things which are described above but at first, pronounce the sound "ЗА" [za] – when you move your tongue to teethridge, you will get the sound "Ж" [zh].
To memorize the pronunciation, of course, you need a constant practice with a native speaker, in this case – with Russian-speaking ones. In order to practice, I write some words with the sounds Ж and Ш:
|Жена [zhehna] - wife||Шрам [shram] - scar|
|Жидкость [zhidkast'] - liquid||Шар [shar] - ball|
|Жёлтый [zhyolty] - yellow||Шарф [sharf] - scarf|
|Ждать [zhdat'] - to Wait||Шарлотка [sharlotka] - charlotte|
|Жевать [zhivat'] - to Chew||Шнурок [shnurok] - lace|
|Жулик [zhulik] - crook||Шерсть [shehrst'] - wool|
|Жук [zhuk] - beetle||Шум [shum] - noise|
|Жнец [zhnets] - reaper||Шкурка [shkurka] - pelt, skin, fell|