zh – an unusual sound

giraffeThe sound that is sometimes represented by zh in phonetic notation is fairly rare in English.

In English, we use the zh sound in:

  • g in beige
  • s in usual

In French, it is the sound made by the letter j:

  • je (I)
  • jambon (ham)
  • jardin (garden)

It is also the soft sound made by the letter g:

  • girafe (giraffe)
  • manger (to eat)

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