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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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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