Inside Matt’s Studio: Articulation – S’s and Z’s


As an elocution tutor, sometimes I see students with colourful accents. They rarely come as colourful as B’s. Israeli-Russian heritage with elements of American? Pfff.

But, at the end of the day, everything’s only a few sounds away from Received Pronunciation (RP). Here, we talk about S and Z sounds – a crucial battleground for anyone with Eastern European heritage. RP has a deceptive amount of Z’s, as you hear in the clip.

For clarification, the hand gestures we use are:

The Z Sound: Pinching one finger to the thumb, close in towards the body.

The S Sound: Pinching one finger to the thumb, far out from the body.

The news article we used is this one, about Adele.

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