Africate Consonant Sounds

Affricate consonant sounds are made by starting with a plosive (full block of air) and immediately blending into a fricative (partial block). English pronunciation has 2 affricate phonemes:

/tʃ/ is a voiceless affricate consonant sound, it is pronounced only using the release of air. /dʒ/ is a voiced affricate consonant sound, the vocal cords vibrate as the sound is produced.

Affricate Spellings

Spellings for each affricate sound are underlined below:

/tʃ/: cheese, catch, digestion, gesture
/dʒ/: agenda, jar, hedge

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