Topic

/s/ vs /ʃ/ – e.g. save vs shave

Complete the exercise by:

  1. Listening to the MP3 and noticing the sound differences
  2. Listening & repeating each word out loud.

sea – she
siː – ʃ

seat – sheet
siːt – ʃiːt

sock – shock
sɔk – ʃɔk

boss – bosh
s – bɔʃ

save – shave
sæɪv – ʃæɪv

seal – she’ll
siːl – ʃiːl

so – show
səʉ – ʃəʉ

sofa – chauffer
ˈsəʉfɐ – ˈʃəʉfɐ

sore – sure
soː – ʃ

sort – short
soːt – ʃoːt

cost – coshed
st – kɔʃt

fist – fished
st – fɪʃt

gas – gash
s – gæʃ

plus – plush
plɐs – plɐʃ

puss – push
s – pʊʃ

rust – rushed
st – rɐʃt

seed – she’d
siːd – ʃiːd

seek – chic
siːk – ʃiːk

seen – sheen
siːn – ʃiːn

sew – show
səʉ – ʃəʉ

single – shingle
ˈsɪŋgl – ˈʃɪŋgl

sign – shine
sɑen – ʃɑen

son – shun
sɐn – ʃɐn

sit – shit
sɪt – ʃɪt

sift – shift
sɪft – ʃɪft

sucks – shucks
sɐks – ʃɐks

bass – bash
s – bæʃ

doss – dosh
s – dɔʃ

gust – gushed
st – gɐʃt

moss – mosh
s – mɔʃ

Practice phrases to read out loud:

  1. Severuss shapely seal pushes puss.
  2. It cost a lot of dosh for Dos to be shipped.
  3. Shshowed us how to sew a single shingle slowly.
  4. Shop sales started shifting and stopped shaking sellers.
  5. A gust of wind gushed slowly over the seashore shallows.
  6. Silly Sally rushed to the rusty gas station to sell the stash.
  7. My shining shrine was signed by Sally’s six shameful sisters.
  8. She’d sort of seek chic seeds shadily sifting and shamefully sorting.
  9. Seventy seven shucks started to suck the shimmer slivers sideways.
  10. Six mosh pits were stuffed with moss and mashed smashed up singers.