Decoding exercises: "wa"

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The vowel in the sequence "wa" has many different pronunciations.

  • /ɔː/: walk, wall, walnut, walrus, Walter, waltz
  • /æ/: Kwanzaa, swam, wag, wagon, wax
  • /ɒ/: swallow, swamp, swan, swap, wand, wander, wasp, watch, watt
  • /ɔː/, /ɒ/AmE: water
  • /ɒ/, /ɔː/AmE: waffle, want, wash, Washington
  • /ɒ/, /ʌ/AmE: was
  • /eɪ/: waste
  • with magic e: awake, wade, wage, wake, wave
  • /ɑː/: schwa
  • Hawaii /həˈwaɪiː, həˈwɑːiː/ Rwanda /ruːˈɑːndə, ruːˈændə/, Taiwan /ˈtaɪˈwɑn/
"war"
  • /ɔː/: award, dwarf, reward, swarm, war, wardrobe, warm, warn, warp
  • /ə/: afterward,AmE afterwards,BrE awkward, backward, backwards, forward
  • /eə/: wary
  • with magic e: aware, beware, Delaware, software
In combinations
  • "wai" and "way" as /weɪ/: always, away, Norway, wait, way
  • "wai" as /ə/: boatswain, bosun /ˈbəʊsən/
Two different syllables
  • allowance, coward, renewal, withdrawal

Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]

  • towards /təˈwɔːrdz,BrE tɔːrdzAmE/


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