So I can pronounce
friend just fine. But when you add an
s to it how do you transition from the
d sound to the
s sound? Do you just ignore the
So I can pronounce
You may pronounce it with a stopped /d/ or without it—/frɛndz/ or frɛnz/—in practice, nobody will notice.
Not much of a transition needed. Compare with the word
cards, it does not become
If your native language does not have that 'ds' sound/transition, I can understand that it might be hard for you to pronounce it. In that case you can get away with
frɛnz just make sure you get that z-sound. You could maybe get away with
frɛntz if you say it fast but that might sound a bit Germanish.
ds at the end becomes a
z sounds, like
It is pronounced with the affricate [d͡z]. A good way of thinking of it is as the "j" sound /d͡ʒ/ but with your tongue at the location of /d/, either touching the back of your teeth or closely behind them. Also, make sure to only touch the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue.
This is very accent specific and there's no real "wrong" way within the following
- z - the D is softened to the point that the ds becomes a Z sound
- Dz - the D is slightly softened, but the D is still pronounced. The S becomes a Z sound
- Dss/tss - the S becomes almost a hiss, with the D remaining fairly sharp and the D almost resembling a T
- ss - as above, the s becomes a hiss but the D is softened or almost entirely dropped
My own accent (one of the many North-Western English accents) mostly uses the latter two
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