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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: American Accent Training | The Disappearing Z | Voiced Z Sounds | S/Z Combinations

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- Hey it's Paul Gruber with Pronunciation Workshop.

In this video I'm going to show

you the Disappearing 'Z' sound.

It's important that you know about this

so that you can speak English smoothly and correctly.

Join me and I'll meet you on the other side.

(intro music)

The goal for all my students is to

speak English as perfectly as possible.

Now at times the smallest change that

you can make in your speech has the

greatest impact on how you sound.

Here's an example of that.

You may not know this, but there are many times

in English when a word is spelled with an S but

we pronounce that S as a Z.

(makes Z sound)

Here are four examples.

Even though these four words are spelled with

an S at the end, we pronounce that S as a voiced Z.

Birds, spelled with an S, pronounced as a Z.

Birds.

Eyes, same thing, spelled with an S, pronounced as a Z.

Eyes.

His, believe it or not, that S is pronounced as a Z.

His.

Buses, that final S is pronounced as a Z.

Buses.

Can you think of any other words where we do this?

Where the S is pronounced as a Z?

If so, let's make a list.

Comment down below and show me

some of the words you come up with.

Now if you wanna speak English correctly

and sound polished it's important

that you know when to change an S to a Z

sound, and then do it consistently.

When you get this right I guarantee it will

elevate your English to a whole new level.

Now why do we turn an S into a Z, and when do we do this?

Well I fully explain this to you

in my online video training course.

I'll put the link below if you'd like

to jump start your English and sign up.

I make everything easy and simple for you;

so you learn to do this automatically.

However today I'm going to show you

what to do when you have words ending with a Z sound

and then the following word begins with an S.

You'll see that when we connect these two words

together, all you pronounce is one clean S sound.

(makes S sound) That's all you do.

You'll sound fluent and this is gonna be quite simple.

Let's start with this word and

put it at the end of a sentence.

Birds, I like birds.

Notice the S is pronounced as a Z.

Birds, it's voiced.

Now put that same word in this sentence

where the words birds is followed with

a word which begins with an S.

And it becomes, I hear birds sing.

I hear birds sing.

Those two S's become just one S.

Birds sing, and you'll notice that

the Z sound completely disappears.

Also you don't wanna break up those words

birds, sing, keep it smooth and connected.

Birds sing, I hear birds sing.

Let's look at this word, eyes.

She has blue eyes.

Notice the last sound is a voiced Z.

Eyes.

But now let's look at this sentence.

Her eyes squint.

Squint is when you squeeze your eyes, like if

the sun is in your eyes or you're trying to see something.

Squint.

Now squint begins with an S, so in

this sentence, her eyes squint, the

two S's become just one sound.

Her eyes squint.

His, even though this word is spelled

with an S it's pronounced as a Z.

His, that car is his.

His.

However, when we put that word in this sentence,

it becomes a connected S.

He sat in his seat.

His seat, connect the two S's.

He sat in his seat.

Let's look at this word, buses.

The last letter is an S but it's pronounced as a voiced Z.

Buses, I see two buses.

It's a voiced Z. (makes Z sound)

But in this sentence that Z sound, becomes an S.

The buses seem to be running late.

Buses seem.

The buses seem to be running late.

Let's look at these additional words.

These, this word ends with a z sound.

These.

But in this sentence the Z becomes an S.

These scissors are sharp.

These scissors, these scissors are sharp.

This word ends with a Z sound, monkeys.

But the Z becomes an S.

The monkeys swing in the tree.

The monkeys swing in the tree.

This word ends with a voiced Z, says,

She says, but in this sentence it turns into an S.

She says something.

You see there's a disappearing Z.

She says something.

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it helped you as I really really want you to

speak English clearly and confidently.

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You're just going to get better and better.

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Thanks so much for watching, enjoy

the journey, and have a great day, bu-bye.

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