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Is it S or Z? American English Pronunciation Rules

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Do you ever wonder when an ’S’ is supposed to sound like a /z/ when speaking English? You might have realized at this point that most words in English are not always pronounced how they are spelled. In this video I will teach you how to know when to pronounce an ’S’ with a /z/ sound and teach you the English pronunciation rules associated with it. Additionally, if you are a native Spanish or Portuguese speaker then this lesson is especially for you! Full Lesson Article (with the worksheet included): http://www.pronunciationpro.com/s-z-american-english-pronunciation-rules/ To try out the Pronunciation Pro FREE trial, go to: http://www.pronunciationpro.com/youtube-free-trial/?keyword=IsItSOrZAmericanEnglishPronunciationRules=body PRONUNCIATION RULES - When the letter ’S’ follows a vowel - When the letter ’S’ follows a voiced consonant - Also: most plural words will also have a /z/sound at the end - In most situations, when a word is a verb and has an ’S’ in it, then the pronunciation of the ’S’ will be a /z/ sound - If a heteronym word is a noun and has an ’S’ in it, then the ’S’ will be a /z/ sound I would encourage you to watch my video so that you can understand these rules better. As always, there are exceptions to the rules. Sorry! However, I also include a post (that you can access here: http://www.pronunciationpro.com/s-z-american-english-pronunciation-rules/) that has a PDF worksheet attached that has words that have exceptions to the rules and that still use the /z/ sound in place of an ’S’. I hope you enjoy this English pronunciation video! To try out the Pronunciation Pro FREE trial, go to: http://www.pronunciationpro.com/youtube-free-trial/?keyword=IsItSOrZAmericanEnglishPronunciationRules=body
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Cruz Hernandez (2 months ago)
harshika American (2 months ago)
i too don't no about this thankyou for this
Junior Farias (3 months ago)
I love your voice hahah i watch your videos every day
minu bng (3 months ago)
Word 'Listen' S follows i?
Sa ki na (3 months ago)
That was hella helpful !!!! Thank u
Yc (3 months ago)
wow the rules are much more complicated than I thought...
Ching Bancale (4 months ago)
Thank you so much for your great help!
Felipe o império (4 months ago)
for Portuguese people it is not difficult because we have the same sound in our language but Spanish there is no Z sound.
Moon Phan (4 months ago)
Thank you very much for wonderful lesson!!! I has learned a lots!!!!
Chopper (5 months ago)
excellent! I hope I had found you here before... thx!
Tony32 (2 months ago)
"I wish I had found you before" "I Hope" is used for the future.
DrStrangelove (5 months ago)
Thanks a lot, really helpful. Almost everything you find on this topic on the internet is only about plural and 3rd person -S, as if the letter were only used there. I'd like to add that word-initial S is always /s/ and never /z/, being a native German speaker I made that mistake for many years because no pronunciation guide ever mentions it.
han thanh tung (5 months ago)
we don't use English in my Country. So It's too difficult to speak well.
han thanh tung (5 months ago)
thank you.
ludmila dovgal (6 months ago)
Too fast.
Dante Alba (6 months ago)
Secret Unlocked
Martin Sathiyanesan (6 months ago)
Exactly what i needed to learn, Thank you
Trurl (6 months ago)
For native German speakers: /S/ seems to be something like ss (e.g. Klasse) and ß (e.g. reißen), while /Z/ seems to be something which is mostly written with s in German (e.g. Nase, reisen). Not completely sure however.
Albert Mo (7 months ago)
Hi Annie, I noticed some people pronounce Z for the "s" in "resource" and others pronounce S for the "s" in "resource". Which one is correct? Please advise. Thanks, Albert
Esmeralda Tapia (7 months ago)
Good!!! saludos desde méxico🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽
Albert Mo (7 months ago)
Hi, There may have been a typo in "Glaze/Glass", for "Glass" cannot be the noun for "Glaze". Please verify it. Thanks, Albert
Yorvin A. Luna Wisky (7 months ago)
God, English pronunciations is so difficult to Spanish speakers 😂
Ezequiel chicas del cid (7 months ago)
I enjoyed your video!
Milorad Mladenovic (8 months ago)
How about the words increase or release? Is it an s sound or smooth z sound at the end?
anaterranova (9 months ago)
Will it be /z/ sound in the sentence - Let's practice- ?
Hillary Perdomo (9 months ago)
Very helpful for spanish speakers Thanks.
Catalina Fontaine (9 months ago)
great video
Noé Estrada (10 months ago)
How can I get an online private class with you?
Dalvani Sousa (10 months ago)
Can someone please tell me the sound of (disagree ) is it a z sound or a s sound? Please help me !!!
Laura Kneiss (8 months ago)
It's an "s" sound.
Raja Sharma (1 year ago)
Enjoy very much...good learning😍
JAY KASHYAP (1 year ago)
I m indian. And i just very like ways of your english learning
Menghoeundsv Vann (1 year ago)
Amazing lesson to learn
OSCAR NAVAS (1 year ago)
Portuguese does has that sounds, but Spanish doesn't.
BelieveNoGod (1 year ago)
I just don't get why, (in American English) you have both the letter C and the letter Z. To me they sound totally the same. And I wouldn't wonder if you easily could skip Z all together.
Laura Kneiss (8 months ago)
I've seen a few comments saying this, but as a native speaker, c and z sound totally different and we don't generally confuse the two. It's interesting that some people learning American English think they sound the same.
حسن حسن (1 year ago)
very cool good teacher
Alfred Anders (1 year ago)
Thanks! Very helpful indeed, because I always pronounced Zap and zig-zag with a Ts-Sound, the way we pronounce Z in German in any position like TSaire if we mean Zaire.
Baljeet Matharu (1 year ago)
this is very nice lacture
esraa khaled (1 year ago)
i like your smile more than the lesson but really a good job keep going
Matthew Fronimos (1 year ago)
I am an English teacher and some of my Korean students have struggled with the "Z" sound. Thanks for the excellent presentation. I have been recommending that they watch this video.
Arjay Esparar (1 year ago)
Thanks! I learned something so helpful from you. God bless!
KY Chiu (1 year ago)
Thanks for clear explanation!
moncyliu99 (1 year ago)
What are the exceptions?
Cathy Finn (1 year ago)
Beautiful ! Thanks!
Carlos Arturo (1 year ago)
thanks so much, this video has been useful for me, because I did not know it.... you are great!!
Ivanilda Gomes (1 year ago)
Gostei demais! Muito obrigada, querida mestra. Abraço.
Tony Reynaga (1 year ago)
thanks a lot
Tâm Phạm (1 year ago)
احمد حامد (1 year ago)
to be honest I know English but I'm so shy of committing mistakes during speaking what should I do
u so tired of making videos haha thnks a lot
xyz (2 years ago)
Please let me know why would you pronounce SAYS as /sɛd + z/ (like said + s) instead of /seɪ + z/. I've never heard it from the Brits or Americans.
Pronunciation Pro (2 years ago)
SAYS is usually pronounced "sez" without the /d/. This is considered a common reduction that most native speakers use. No solid reason or rule as to why this is the case, only that it has evolved and reduced and is now considered "standard". The same thing for 'SAID' = "sed" instead of a long A.
Duda (2 years ago)
Brasil is here!!! Thank you so much this video.
Daniel grant (2 years ago)
maybe because it impornant
Beth Hall (2 years ago)
Great for my students
Mr ok (2 years ago)
amazing lesson from amazing lady
Do Nhat Binh (2 years ago)
A lot of help, thanks
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Wadson Moraes (2 years ago)
Thank You. Your classes are wonderful!!! I'm brazilian and I has learned a lot!!!!
Valderci (2 years ago)
The big problem about pronunciation is The words in The past. Whem we have "Ed" in end of word. Éxemplo; workED, jumpED, ect.
Mowlid Bakat (2 years ago)
thank you for are giving this wonderful opportunity
Mowlid Bakat (2 years ago)
Pham Hayden (2 years ago)
Awesome . Many thanks
Rohit G (2 years ago)
Its really helpful exercise Thanks !
Gian Boy (2 years ago)
she's good teacher
Mike Adolph (2 years ago)
so helpful for all
Mike Adolph (2 years ago)
so helpful for all
Iram Hernandez (2 years ago)
thank. you

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