These two consonants are paired together because they take the same mouth position. Learn the correct mouth position for these sounds to pronounce them clearly and accurately.
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In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to learn how to pronounce the CH and JJ consonants.
The CH and JJ consonants are paired together because they take the same mouth position.
CH is unvoiced, meaning only air passes through the mouth, and JJ is voiced, meaning, you make a sound with the vocal cords, jj–
These consonants have a stop consonant component, but unlike stop consonants, they’re always released.
They each contain two sounds for the CH, we’re combining the T, tt, and the SH, sh, to make ch.
For the J sound, we’re combining dd and zh to make jj.
The teeth come together and the lips flair, just like in the sh and zh sounds.
But the tongue position is like the tt and dd sounds.
The tongue lifts so the front, flat part of the tongue touches the roof of the mouth.
We stop the air in our throat, and then we release everything, ch, jj.
We release the air at the vocal cords, release the tongue down from the roof of the mouth,
release the teeth so they part a little, and release the lips by relaxing them.
Let’s look at these sounds up close and in slow motion.
The lips flare and the teeth come together.
Then the release.
The word ‘jar’.
The lips flare and the teeth come together, then release into the AH as in FATHER vowel.
The word ‘chart’.
The lips flare and the teeth come together,
then release into the AH as in FATHER vowel.
The word ‘batch’. The lips flare and the teeth come together, then release.
The CH and JJ consonants.
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Chase, ch– chase.
Attach, ch– attach.
Teacher, ch– teacher.
Danger, jj– danger.
Just, jj– just.
General, jj– general.