IPA phoneme /ʃ/
Initial pronunciation of /ʃ/:
- she - shine - shoe - shop - should - sugar - sure;
Final pronunciation of /ʃ/:
- bush - cache - cash - crash - dish - flash - push - wash;
- Asia /ˈeɪʃə/ and /ˈeɪʒə/ - fashion - mission - option - partial - patient - pressure - rational - station.
Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1
Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following sections aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.
While Spanish does have /tʃ/, it doesn't have /ʃ/, so there'll be a tendency to pronounce "shoes" as "choose", "shop" as "chop" and "sheet" as "cheat" (this latter example having another, notorious pronunciation difficulty...).