Minimal Pairs /ʤ/ and /z/
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Below are lists of words that vary only by one having the sound /ʤ/ and the other having the sound /z/. You can use this to practise the sounds or as a list of words to be careful to pronounce properly.
This page uses the symbols of the Phonemic Chart. You can listen to the symbols here.
/ʤ/ is an explosive sound that is like a voiced version of /ʧ/ and therefore almost like a sneeze and so it is impossible to extend the sound for very long. /z/ is a smooth sound that is a voiced version of /s/ and so can be extended as long as you like.
* the meaning of the word is not important at this level, but it can still be used to contrast the pronunciation with the other word.