Review of how to form “zh”: Press the sides of your tongue against the inside surfaces of your upper side teeth toward the back of your mouth. The front part of your tongue should be close to the roof of your mouth, right at the edge of the ridge where the roof arches up. There should be a small groove in the middle of your tongue as you push your voice out. This is a voiced sound, so you will hear your voice when you say it.
Illustration of correct lip and teeth placement Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words. 1. measure 2. Asia 3. pleasure 4. unusual 5. vision 6. version 7. usually 8. casual 9. decision 10. confusion
Practice the following sentences. 1. Someday I would like to visit Asia 2. I made a decision to look for the treasure. 3. It would be my pleasure to measure the desk for you. 4. We like to wear casual clothes to dinner. 5. My vision isn’t as good as it used to be. 6. This is our third version of that product. 7. In all the confusion, I lost my keys. 8. Usually, I go to work early. 9. It isn't unusual for it to snow in November.
Practice the following paragraph. The fire spread quickly through the building. The smoke caused poor vision, and in all the confusion many people lost their way. The firemen measured their progress in feet as they slowly made their way through the rooms. It was the captain’s decision to tear down the walls in an attempt to reach the people trapped inside. When everyone was outside safely, people agreed that the firemen gave the whole nine yards in this rescue mission.
Idiom: give the whole nine yards Definition: put all of one’s effort into something