/oʊ/ and /ɔi/ Minimal Pairs – American English Pronunciation Practice – Listen and Repeat
Vowel Sounds /oʊ/ and /ɔi/ – American English Pronunciation Practice Minimal Pairs – Listen and Repeat – ROSE vs TURQUOISE color vowel sounds
This video will help train your ear to hear the difference between the /oʊ/ as in ROSE COAT vowel sound and the /ɔi/ as in TURQUOISE TOY vowel sound. Listen to each Minimal Pair and repeat the words aloud. (Minimal Pairs are two words that sound the same EXCEPT FOR one sound).
The /oʊ/ as in ROSE COAT sound is a diphthong – or moving sound. The mouth position changes as the sound is formed. Begin with your lips rounded in a big circle and move them into a smaller tighter O with your lips puckered forward as they are when making the /w/ sound. As the circle created by your lips gets smaller, the tongue moves from a middle to high position. Sample words: NO, DON’T, GO
The TURQUOISE vowel sound is found in the second syllable of the word ….the OY sound. The sound is a diphthong – meaning that the mouth position moves to create the sound. The sound begins with the lips in a slightly rounded, oval position and moves to a relaxed slightly parted position. The tongue is relaxed and moves from a mid-high to high position.
For more information on using colors to represent vowel sounds visit: www.colorvowel.com
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