Clock / ɒ /
In this Pronunciation Activation Pack we will be looking at the last of the pure vowels / ɒ /.
We will look at the letter combinations that give the / ɒ / sound.
We will look at lots of words which have the / ɒ / sound in them.
Finally, we will activate your ability to hear and produce the / ɒ / sound correctly.
Letter Combinations for / ɒ /
This short vowel sound has these letter combinations: O, A (following /w/), OU, OW, AU, and ACH.
Problems for Students
There are four other vowel sounds that cause confusion with the / ɒ / sound.
We already looked at the following minimal pairs:
- / ɒ / vs / ɔː / – Vowel in Horse – Pack 8
- / ɒ / vs / ʌ / – Vowel in Sun – Pack 10
I won’t be repeating these minimal pairs in this Pronunciation Activation Pack. Instead, I’ll look at the / ɒ / vs / ɑː / minimal pairs.
I will look at the / ɒ / vs / əʊ / minimal pairs when we look at the / əʊ / gliding vowel sound later in this course.
While the pure vowel sound / ɒ / is short, and the pure vowel sound / ɑː / is long, the tongue position is very close.
The Pronunciation Activator will look at minimal pairs like the following:
- bomb balm / bɒm bɑːm /
- cough calf / kɒf kɑːf /
- dock dark / ˈdɒk dɑːk /
- shock shark / ʃɒk ʃɑːk /
Each time you do the Pronunciation Activator you will be given some random exercises from a database of 90 minimal pairs using / ɒ / vs / ɑː /.
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