Voicing certain sounds such as "z" can be difficult for many non-native speakers of English. The following is a technique that you might find helpful in achieving voicing.
Prolonging or lengthening a vowel that occurs just before a voiced consonant makes that consonant sound more voiced. This is especially helpful at the ends of words, where many people tend to drop off endings or have difficulty with voicing.
Read the following word pairs. One word in each pair ends in an unvoiced sound and the other ends in a voiced sound. Slightly prolong or lengthen the vowel that comes before the voiced sound at the end of each one-syllable word.
Practice the following sentences, prolonging the vowel that comes just before the final voiced consonant of a word. The words in bold print are words that should be prolonged. 1. Meg won a thousand dollars in the lottery. 2. Can you find the bead I made? 3. The little boy hid behind the log. 4. She made a quilt for her mother. 5. I took the beet out of my salad. 6. I heard that the log fell on his leg. 7. The kid was mad because a bug bit him. 8. She tried to lock the door and hide. 9. He hid his money under the bed. 1 0. My dog chases bugs in the yard.
Listen to the following paragraph and then practice by yourself. Focus on slightly prolonging the vowels in the underlined words.
On my way out of work last Thursday, I noticed that my car keys were missing. I looked everywhere in my office, and still couldn’t find them. So, I decided to call my husband to see if he had a set of extra keys. Because I couldn’t reach him, I decided to take a cab home. Although my house wasn’t far from the office, the cab ride cost twenty dollars. I was mad that I had to pay that much money and mad that I had lost my keys. It seems that Murphy’s Law alwaysprevails.