Phoneme /ɑː/ in Received Pronunciation
Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /ɑ:/ include the following:
- with "a": after - ask - bath - half - staff - task;
- with "ar": are - aren't - arm - art - bar - car - dark - farm - hard - harm - part - smart - star - start;
- others: aunt; heart; laugh;
- homophones: aren't/aunt
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.
Many Spanish speakers have difficulty remembering that /ɑ:/ is pronounced the same whether there is an "r" after the "a" or not.