correcting the pronunciation of your /s/ and /z/ sounds in english
the other day i was working with a student and we both noticed she was having trouble pronouncing the /s/ and /z/ sounds at the end of words. she was struggling to get her mouth to physically add the sounds at the end.
she understood well that you need to add the plural sound to the end of a noun if you are talking about more than one thing, or to the end of a present simple verb. the trouble was she kept leaving it off because it was not how her mouth was used to moving.
there were three main reasons for her difficulty:
– her original language didn't make plurals or simple present tense by adding a sound at the end
– she was confused about when to use /s/ or /z/ to make the plural sound at the end of words
– in her original language she wasn't used to saying 2 consonants together quickly, or the particular types of consonants together that are needed
how to change your /s/ and /z/ sounds world
the first reason means you need to be consciously aware of remembering to add the extra /s/ or /z/ at the end of words for the plural and for the simple present verb tense.
you actually have to practice remembering to use it when you speak!
why should i do this you may ask? well, it's another piece of the ‘puzzle' you are putting into your speech habit to reduce your accent in english and to have people understand you the first time you say something.
the second reason means that you need to know when to use the /s/ or the /z/ at the end for plurals (and other parts of speech such as ‘likes, walks” etc)