IPA phoneme /əʊ/

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In Received Pronunciation, the IPA phonetic symbol /əʊ/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "goat", "note", and "stone".

Common words

Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /əʊ/ include the following:

  • with "o": don't - ghost - go - home - lone - so - stone - phone - smoke - won't;
  • with "oa": boat - coat - goal - road - roast - throat - toast;
  • with "ol": fold - gold - hold - hole - old - pole/poll - told - toll - sold - stole - roll;
  • with "ow": bowl - blow - flow - grow - low - row - slow - snow - throw;
  • others: should - shoulder;
  • homophones: groan/grown - hole/whole - know/no - loan/lone - pole/poll - role/roll - so/sew/sow - sole/soul.

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.

Spanish

When using words containing this vowel sound, Spanish speakers tend to use /ɒ/, which is very similar to the Spanish letter "o", i.e. without practice, they tend not to distinguish between "not" and "note" or, even between "want" and "won't".

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