IPA phoneme /ɔː/
In Received Pronunciation, the IPA phonetic symbol /ɔ:/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "north", "force", and "thought". Additionally, many people pronounce "sure" as /ʃɔ:r/ instead of the more traditional /ʃʊər/. See IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ʊə/.
Some common words containing /ɔ:/ include the following:
- with "or": afford - born - cork - door - floor - fork - horse - lord - more - nor - or - pork - score - short - store - storm - sword;
- with "oa": abroad - boar - board - broad - oar - roar - soar;
- with "ough": bought - brought - fought - ought - thought;
- with "our": court - four - pour - tour;
- with "a": water;
- with "al": almost - already - alter - always - chalk - false - salt - talk - walk;
- with "all": ball - call - fall - hall - mall - small - talk - walk - wall;
- with "ar": quarter - war - warm - warn;
- with "aw": dawn - flaw - hawk - jaw - law - lawn - raw - saw - shawl - thaw - yawn;
- with "au": August - author - autumn - caught - clause - daughter - fault - launch - taught -;
- homophones: bored/board - court/caught - or/oar/ore - stork/stalk.
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.
Some Spanish speakers may, at first, have difficulty distinguishing between the vowel sound in "north" and that of /ɒ/, as in "not".