Horse / hɔːs /
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the eighth of the pure vowels / ɔː /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / ɔː / sound.
We will look at lots of words which have the / ɔː / sound in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / ɔː / sound correctly.
Letter Combinations for / ɔː /
The long vowel sound / ɔː / can be found in the following letter combinations: AR, OR, ORE, OUR, OAR, OOR, AU, AUGH, A, AL, AWE, OUGH, OU, OA, and WOR.
Problems for Students
There are three other vowel sounds that cause confusion with the / ɔː / sound.
These are the short pure vowel / ɒ /, and the gliding vowels / əʊ / and / aʊ /.
I will focus on these minimal pairs in this Pronunciation Activation Pack.
For more information about minimal pairs, look again at Pronunciation Activation Packs 1, 2, and 3.
As I said, there are three sets of minimal pairs in English which cause confusion with the / ɔː / sound.
I have created some interesting exercises in the Pronunciation Activator to help you better hear and produce the different vowel sounds.
Each time you do the Pronunciation Activator you will be given some random exercises from a large database of exercises.
The exercises will fully activate your use of the / ɔː / sound for both speaking and listening.
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