IPA phoneme /ɔɪ/
Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /ɔɪ/ include the following:
- with "oi": boil - choice - coin - foil - soil - spoil;
- with "oy": boy - employ - enjoy;
There is a tendency in English to move to the previous syllable a /j/ sound that is at the beginning of a syllable. Then /V.jV/ becomes /Vɪ.V/. For example "lawyer" has a common pronuciation of /ˈlɔ:jər/ but it can also be pronounced /ˈlɔɪər/. Similarly for "sawyer": /ˈsɔ:jər/ or (less frequently) /ˈsɔɪər/.
Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1
Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following sections aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.