Now let’s look at the unvoiced and voiced pair “SH” and “ZH”. Phonetically, the symbol for “SH” is a sort of elongated “S” and the symbol for “ZH” is a cross between a “Z” and the number 3. These sounds are postalveolar, meaning the tip of your tongue should be just beyond the alveolar ridge, and fricative which means there is a continuous flow of air. Make sure the flow of air is focused straight ahead and doesn’t escape over the sides of your tongue:
SH/ZH SH/ZH SH/ZH
Let’s practice the unvoiced “SH” sound with all the vowels.