How to pronounce /s/ and /sh/ in English

The next two tongue twisters will show you how to make the /s/ sound and the /sh/ sound in English. The first one is "I saw Suzie sitting in a shoe shine shop. Where she sits she shines and where she shines she sits". Be careful with this one. If you get it wrong, you will end up saying something else completely!

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"I saw Suzie sitting in a shoe shine shop..."

OK, let's try the /s/ and /sh/ sound. These are two sounds that sound quite similar and can be quite confusing for some learners and it can also cause some quite embarrassing mistakes. If you use the wrong sound, you might say the wrong thing, so I've got a good tongue twister to help practise those different sounds. If you get it wrong, it could sound a bit strange or it could sound a bit rude! So here's the tongue twister, we'll take it slowly and then we'll try and say it a bit quicker afterwards. "I saw Suzie sitting in a shoe shine shop. Where she sits she shines and where she shines she sits". Now some of you might notice if you get that one wrong, it could sound very rude! "I saw Suzie sitting in a shoe shine shop. Where she sits she shines and where she shines she sits". “Where she sits she shines...and where she shines she sits". That nearly went badly wrong! "I saw Suzie sitting in a shoe shine shop. Where she sits she shines and where she shines she sits". The vowel sounds here are...

Another very popular, very famous tongue twister for practising the /s/ and /sh/ sound is this one. "She sells seashells on the seashore".

So your homework is to practise those tongue twisters.

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How to pronounce /s/ and /sh/ in English