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I'm trying to explain to an English speaker how to pronounce the letter j in French, and was looking for cases where it appears in English. It seems that j is almost always pronounced /dʒ/. Examples of the /ʒ/ without /d/ in English are very rare: Asia, vision (many words ending in -sion), measure. In those words the vowel after /ʒ/ is always the same.

Where else in English does this consonant appears?

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This question is just asking for a list. It is not constructive, for that reason. –  Matt Эллен Apr 16 '12 at 11:54
    
Related: Are “zh” and “j” pronounced in the same way?. Which is to say: look out for all the possible spellings! The answers to that question mention Zhivago, beige, lesion, Jacques... –  RegDwigнt Apr 16 '12 at 11:56
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It might be better to rephrase your question to get at the heart of your problem (teaching people to pronounce j in French) and ask it on French Language and Usage –  Matt Эллен Apr 16 '12 at 11:59
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Isn't what you are looking for quite like the English soft g? In which case, you could look at words with the soft g. –  Kris Apr 16 '12 at 12:19
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This question might be interesting for you :D english.stackexchange.com/questions/57252/… –  Armen Ծիրունյան Apr 16 '12 at 12:27

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The /ʒ/ sound only occurs initially in loan words, normally from French, such as Gillet. But the following vowel sound in this instance is different from measure and vision.

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