Review of how to form "dg": The "dg" sound is actually made up of two different sounds: “d” and “zh”. To form this sound, begin by rounding your lips in a circle. Then, place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth at the back of the ridge, just before the roof of your mouth arches up. Press the sides of your tongue against your upper side teeth in the back of your mouth. Hold your breath and then force your voice through the small groove made by your tongue, producing a friction sound. This is a voiced sound, so you should hear your voice when you say it.
Illustration of correct lip and teeth placement Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words.
1. gem 2. George 3. jacket 4. jail 5. jump 6. genius 7. junk 8. June 9.jewelry 10. just
11. job 12. join 13. joke 14. joy 15. judge 16. gym 17. jar 18. jam 19. juice 20. jeans
Practice these sentences. 1. I found a beautiful gem in my jacket pocket. 2. Did Georgejust get home? 3. Don’t jumpjust because there’s a puddle. 4. She opened the jar of strawberry jam. 5. Stan’s joy is in going to the gym. 6. Carl spilled some juice on his jeans. 7. The man went to jail last June. 8. He’s a genius at his job at the jewelry store. 9. Please don’t joke with the judge. 10. Do you want to join our junk club?
Practice the following paragraph. My cousin George is the manager of a large jewelry store in the city and is learning to design jewelry. His store sells high quality jewelry, not junk. George just loves his job and is excited to be expanding his skills. Currently, he is working on a necklace design with a large ruby gem. He tries to explain the techniques that go into designing jewelry, but it is way over my head.
Idiom: over one’s head Definition: information that is too difficult to understand