x as in extra is a compound breathed consonant (k + s)

Make the sound of k and quickly run it into the sound of s.

Phonetic Symbol: ks

Drill: ax, ex, ix  ox, ux, ox

This sound occurs finally and medially:

flax lilacs oxen expect
flecks hawks vexed exercise
flicks fix sexton extinct
books coax exchange excites
rusks antiques exhibition excellent
locks antiques exhibition excellent

  1. Six and sixty are sixty-six.
  2. The antics of the oxen vexed the plow-boy.
  3. Flocks of cluck s were on the lakes.
  4. It was six blocks from the barracks to the docks.
  5. Frank's cousin thanks Jack's uncle for the books.
  6. Mike's oxen drew the bricks to the books
  7. The smith takes an ax and breaks the locks on the docks
  8. The Mexican woman   mixes   the   cakes and   bakes t hem on the bricks.
  9. Mr. Wicks sent the box of wax candles   to   the monks by express.

x as in examine is a compound voiced consonant (g + z)

Make the sound of g and quickly run it into the sound of z.

Phonetic Symbol, gz


Drill: agz, egz, igz, oogz, ugz, ogz


This sound occurs finally and medially:

sags

eggs

exist

exact

lags

dogs

exalt

exert

begs

tugs

exempt

exhort

figs

rags

example

examiner

rugs

pegs

examine

luxurious

fogs

twigs

exhaust

auxiliary

logs

erags

executive

pedagogues

  1. The rogues left the mugs on the rag rugs.
  2. The drugs in the bags weighed exactly ten ounces
  3. The executor examined the luxurious rugs.
  4. Gus exerted his influence to promote the exhibit.
  5. The examiner counted the Kegs and the bags on the brigs.
  6. The students were exhausted when the examination was over
  7. The woodpecker eats the bugs and eggs on the twigs.
  8. Gordon Griggs claimed exemption from the examination because all of his examples were correct.