Summertime Sounds: The difference between ‘S’ and ‘SH’

We’re in the middle of summer now, and most of us (especially if we’re landlocked) dream of heading to the beach this time of year. Hearing the crashing waves… getting the sand in your toes… soaking up the sunshine… Americans love enjoying the beach as much as everyone around the world.

A popular beach-inspired “tongue twister” (a phrase that is difficult to say) goes like this:

She sells seashells by the seashore

Not even most Americans can say that quickly without switching up the ‘S’ and ‘SH’ sounds!

-She Sells Seashells- LI

So let’s use this little phrase to hear and practice the difference between the ‘S’ and ‘SH’ sounds… an important distinction no matter what the season.

And with practice, you just may be able to say this phrase “ten times fast,” as Americans like to challenge each other to do with tongue twisters!

Don’t stop with my video… use these other beach-themed words to practice the ‘S’ and ‘SH’ sounds.

Practice Saying (1)

Practice Saying (2)

Practice Saying (3)

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Have a safe summer season in the sunshine! (Say that ten times fast!)


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