sh / ∫ – shoe

  • Unvoiced. This sound is made by passing air through the mouth.
  • Your lips must be slightly parted; your front teeth should be very close together but slightly parted.
  • Push your lips out a little, away from your face.
  • The edges of the middle part of your tongue touch your upper side teeth (see photo).
  • There is a passage down the center of your tongue for the air to flow out of your mouth and make the sound.
  • The front part of your tongue should be in the middle of your mouth but not touching anything.
  • Curl the tip of your tongue.
  • Tip: Your tongue position when making the /sh/ sound should be very similar to the position when making the /s/ sound. With /s/, the tip of your tongue is forward, gently touching your bottom teeth. With /sh/, the only difference is that the tip of your tongue is curled back.
  • Tip: This is the sound we make when we put a finger to our mouth to tell someone to be quiet.
  • Similar sound: /j/, /ch/, /zh/