I’m confused with these two sounds when they are at the end of the syllable. I know that “ch” and “j” are comprised of two sound: tsh and dzh respectively. So I think words like teach and page are pronounced like this: teat and pad in the first part without releasing the air (stop sound). But that would sound like the word “teat” and “paid”. I’m not sure about it even when I listen carefully to the pronunciation of the words. And here’s my recording: teach and page

In the recording I used with t and d in the first pair and the second pair is what I have always used.

Which is correct?

And if possible could you give pronunciations of the word slowly?


In teach, you're correctly making the ch sound, and the whole word sounds very good. But for page, you're also making the ch sound, but you need to make the j sound.

How do you say other words containing j?

Keep in mind, a j sound at the end of a word is the same as a j sound at the beginning of a word; "page" ends with the same sound that "gem" and "joy" start with.

The main difference between the ch and j (or soft g) sounds are that the ch is unvoiced, and the j is voiced. When you're making the ch sound, your vocal chords don't hum. To make the j sound, put your tongue in the same place but a little softer, and hum your vocal chords. Here's more about voiced and unvoiced sounds: https://jonathansamericanenglish.com/2017/11/09/voiced-and-unvoiced-sounds/

  • To elaborate: You've figured out that the /ch/ and the /j/ noises are almost like their own syllables (even though a native speaker would probably say that "teach" and "page" were one-syllable words). You have the hissing noise of the /ch/ down, but try to pronounce "page" slowly as a two-syllable "paid-juh" and then speed it up and shorten the "uh" noise as much as you can. You need to continue to use voice just a little longer through the word so that the /j/ phoneme is recognizable, without going too long to make too much of an "uh" noise. – Eikre Sep 14 '18 at 18:36

The place of articulation of both phonemes is the same. What makes them different is sonority (vibration of the vocal chords), /ch/ is voiceless and /j/ voiced. English has two affricate phonemes, /t͡ʃ/ and /d͡ʒ/, often spelled ch and j, respectively.

  • Answers on Stack Exchange aren't designed to be replies to other answers — they're answers to the question — so I've edited this to hopefully make it clearer, but please double-check to make sure it's answering the question as squarely as possible – Nathan Tuggy Mar 9 '18 at 0:44

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