Decoding exercises: "oa"

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IPA vowels
æ ɑː
trap father - start
e
dress face square
ɪ ɪə
kit fleece near
ɒ əʊ ɔː
lot goat taught
ʊ ʊə
foot goose mature
juː jʊə
cute cure
ʌ ə ɜː
strut comma nurse
ɔɪ
price mouth choice

ɔː

boar /bɔːr/

əʊ

goat /gəʊt/

The sequence "oa" has two pronunciations in English: /əʊ/ as in "boat" and /ɔː/ as in "boar".

Followed by "r" the sound is always /ɔːr/ (in Received Pronunciation "r" is silent unless it's followed by a vowel).

Examples[edit]

  • as /əʊ/: approach, boat, coach, coal, coat, coast, float, foam, goal, goat, load, loan, oats, road, roast, throat, toast
at the end of the word: cocoa
Followed by "r": boar, board, coarse, hoard, oar, roar, soar;
Different syllables
  • /əʊ.ə/: boa, coalition, coalesce, Noah, protozoan, psychoanalysis
  • /əʊ.ɑː/: coati, koala
  • /əʊ.æ/: coagulate, proactive, radioactive
  • /əʊ.eɪ/: oasis
Other
  • /wɑː/: quinoa

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