IPA phoneme /ɔɪ/

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In Received Pronunciation, the IPA phonetic symbol /ɔɪ/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "toy" and "coin".

Common words

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.


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