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The Letter J


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The Letter J

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Introduction to the Letter J

Let’s explore the letter J. It's more than just a letter; it's a character with a rich history and a distinctive sound that plays a pivotal role in the English language. Whether you're a beginner in reading or brushing up on your language skills, understanding the letter J is an engaging adventure!

Understanding the Letter J – Origin and Pronunciation

The letter J is the tenth letter of the English alphabet. It originated as a variant of the letter I.

Pronouncing the letter J involves a voicing sound that requires the tongue to touch the roof of the mouth, followed by a sudden release of air, producing the familiar /dʒ/ sound, as in the word "jump".

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Writing the Letter J – How to?

Writing the letter J is simple and fun! Whether it's the tall and proud uppercase J or the round and friendly lowercase j, mastering their shape is key to great handwriting.

Words with the Letter J – Examples

The letter J is the initial character in many joyful and jubilant words. For example, "jellybeans", "jovial", and "journey" all kick off with the upbeat sound of J. Can you imagine jumping for joy in a jazzy jacket? That's the spirit of the letter J!

More J Words to Explore

The journey of J words continues far and wide. Here's a simple list of words that start with J:

Just Joyful Jewel
Joke Join Juggle

The Letter J – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter J is the 10th letter in the English alphabet, originating from the letter I.
  • J has a unique pronunciation, with the tongue touching the roof of the mouth and releasing to produce the /dʒ/ sound.
  • There are a variety of words that start with the letter J, each carrying the essence of this joyful sound.

Keep practicing the letter J with engaging exercises and word games, and you'll soon be jazzed about your ability to identify and use this jubilant character!

The Letter J – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter J

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden ... and learn all about… "The Letter ". This is the letter , it makes the sounds /j/. This is an uppercase ... and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /j/ sound. like in ... jog , ... jet , ... and in jam ! Let's practice the /j/ sound with Kala! "/j/ (...) , (...) /j/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter ? "There's a jar (...) that starts with the letter !" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with ? "There's a jump rope (...) that ALSO begins with the letter !" Uh-oh! is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter in the alphabet? Point to the letter when you find it! Did you also point here? You did some great work in the phonics garden! Today we learned all about the letter , ... we listened to and made the /j/ sound... we found words that began with the letter (...) and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and try to find the JELLYFISH and JAGUAR hidden in the garden! Comment below when and where you find them! Want to learn more? Check out the next letter video in the alphabet, the letter !

The Letter J exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video The Letter J.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


    Listen carefully to the sound, play it again and think about what you can hear.

    This sea creature begins with this sound. ____.

    Look again at the picture above. What sound does this word start with?


    The correct letter is j. This makes the /j/ sound.

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word jam starts with the sound.

    Listen to all four sounds again. Which one is the same as the beginning of the word jelly?


    The correct sound is /j/.

  • Find the objects that begin with j.


    There are 5 items that start with j to highlight.

    Listen to this word. Can you find it in the picture?

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.

    Jupiter is a planet! Can you see a planet in the picture?


    The five items that begin with j are:

    • juice
    • jelly
    • jug
    • Jupiter
    • joker
  • What is the word?


    Listen carefully. What sound does the word start and end with?

    Here we can see the words with pictures. Use this to help you find the matching pairs above.


    The words are:

    1. jet
    2. jump
    3. jar
    4. banjo
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with j.


    Listen to the sound. Which things begin with the sound?

    Say all of the items out loud. In which ones do you hear the /j/ sound at the beginning?

    There are two correct choices.


    Jam and jaguar start with /j/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to the word. Does the word start with /j/ or not start with /j/?

    Think carefully about the first sound that you hear, is it j or a different sound?

    There are 3 words that begin with j and 3 words that do not begin with j.

    • Jacket, jockey and jungle have j at the beginning.
    • Magician, flapjack and badge do not have j at the beginning.