Spelling and Pronunciation of sHere are the English sibilants:
s in 'bus'Sibilants are the "s"-like sounds, the whistling fricatives . In Icelandic there's only one - s, which is alveolar and unvoiced. This means that Icelanders are not used to pronouncing postalveolar sibilants, and no voiced sibilants at all.
z in 'buzz'
This is problematic, because the differences between the 4 English sibilants is very distinctive in English, and Icelanders tend to pronounce them all the same.
Problem 1: lack of voicing
In the Language Lab, listen to see whether you make these distinctions:
It's common in 'Icelandic English' to pronounce these pairs of words the same - as homophones. In order not to do this, you should remember
Sue - zoo - price - prize - base - bays - busing - buzzing -
loves( 3rd. person singular present of the verb:'She loves Selfoss' )
John's (possessive) the girls' (plural possessive)
's = is (Mary's leaving) 's = has (Mary's gone)
If the s in the word is one of these inflections, the answer is easy: just follow this link
But if it's part of the word (base, house, phase, basis possess) there are fewer clear rules to follow. Follow this link for some pointers
If you have any questions mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.