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How do we pronounce the letter s in the word this when it comes before a word starts with the letter y in American English?
Can be thi[sh]year
I often hear [blesh] in a phrase "bless you".
Is it the same pronunciation as in "thi[sh] year"?
My teacher says it's better to pronounce [bles] because [blesh] is vulgar (or demotic?)
[blesh] is a transcription of the word "bless".to my knowledge blesh isn't even a word in English
I can't ask my teacher because it was at school some years ago (I remember I said "Bless [blesh] you" and she said "It's better to say "[bles] you"...". Her words engraved in my memory, but I'm not sure of correct use of the words "vulgar" and "demotic". Maybe that's why you don't understand me.I wonder where your teacher got that information from. Please ask and let me know.
I think "sounds like" something does not mean one should "pronounce it like" something.
I mean, when you pronounce A, it might sounded like B, but if you pronounce it B, it'll probably sounds like C.
It sounds to me as if your teacher was being over-prescriptive. She was probably the sort of person who would think that dropping one's aitches is as sign of vulgarity.
What she didn't realise is that the elision of /s/ to/ʃ/ before /j/ is a normal feature of speech in conversation, even among educated people, as is the dropping of the aitch is such utterances as:
I think he's coming tomorrow.
In formal speech we pronounce the /s/ and /j/ of bless you, and the /h/ of he, but we would actually sound a little strange if we did that in everyday speech.
I am writing as a speaker of BrE, but I have noticed the same thing with speakers of AmE.