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    #1

    voiced SH sound

    In this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qoSmN_3YA4
    at 1:42 the lady says that words ending in "SION" can be pronounced with a voiced version of the SH sound.
    Words like "conclusion" and "decision".

    I looked in an IPA dictionary and they just use the SH symbol (unvoiced). But when I listen to the example recording of these 2 words, they do seem to be pronounced with a voiced SH.
    Check it yourself:
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...ion?q=decision

    I know that the J sound is sort of a voiced version of the SH. But not exactly, cause the J sound is explosive (IDK what else to call it). There's a sudden release of air.

    The IPA symbol of the SH is:
    ʒ

    and the symbol of J is


    but there's not a symbol for a voiced version of the SH sound. (Yet another reason to hate IPA)

    As natives do you acknowledge this as a new different sound? Can you tell me other examples? Is there a name or symbol to refer to this sound?

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    #2

    Re: voiced SH sound

    The actual symbols are:

    /ʃ/ - the voiceless palato-alveolar fricative in sheet
    /ʒ/ - the voiced palato-alveolar fricative in measure

    /ʧ/ - the voiceless palato-alveolar affricate in chin
    /ʤ/ - the voiced palato-alveolar affricate in gin

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    #3

    Re: voiced SH sound

    The voiced consonant you're talking about is /ʒ/. People often use zh to represent it, though that spelling doesn't occur in English.
    I am not a teacher.

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