Pronunciation exercises: /dʒ/ vs /j/
The sounds of /j/ and /dʒ/ cannot be confused at the end of the word. For example "badge" /bædʒ/ and "by" /baj/ sound very differently. Moreover, in Teflpedia we transcribe "by" as /baɪ/. For these reasons we won't show words ending in /dʒ/.
We don't consider /dʒ/ after a consonant (such as "danger" /deɪndʒər/), because /j/ after a consonant is very different (nobody would pronounce "onion" as * instead of /ˈʌnjən/).
- At the beginning of the word: job, join, join, joke, journalist, journey, judge, jump, just, justice, gender, gene, general, gentleman, giant
- In the middle of the word: agent, budget, imagine, intelligence, manager, major, original, project, region, register, religious, reject
- Europe - uniform - unique - use - usually - yard - year - yellow - yes - yesterday - yet - yield - York - you - young - your - youth
- beyond /bɪˈjɒnd,  biˈɒnd/
Some linguists spell /aɪ/ as /aj/ or /ɑj/, /eɪ/ as /ej/ or /ɛj/, /iː/ as /ij/ or /ɪj/ and /ɔɪ/ as /oj/ or /ɔj/. This is consistent with the tendency of some learners to replace [j] by [dʒ] as in "player" pronounced as * instead of /ˈpleɪər/.
/dʒ/ vs /j/
- jet - yet; Jew - you; job - yobBrE (rude male); joke - yolk