I was wondering what exactly happens when the common English speaker* pronounces
/ð/ right after, for example , the word - combo "is this ...".
Honestly, for me it's almost impossible to pronounce this combination without making a very small break between the
/z/ and the
When I hear Americans pronounce this combo, usually hear something like
/zdð/ or some sound which comes out in between the
/d/ sounds and the
/ð/, (as a very soft d, if I try to describe it in words).
I'm pretty sure about what I hear, and I was wondering if someone can verify what I'm hearing and maybe elaborate on the subject.
*As usual, I'm mostly interested in american pronunciation, with a bias toward general american, or at least midwestern accent.
Edit: here are some examples: (wait a second or two for the "is this" combo)