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Saturday, February 14th, 2008
In this week's podcast, we're going to continue to learn and practice the important vowel /ɔ /.
*I strongly recommend that you listen to podcast #22 before this one if you haven't already!
The focus of today's lesson is:
In your native language, the way the word is written is almost always the way it's pronounced. Unfortunately, this isn't the case in Engilsh.
The Vowel /ɔ/is one of the trickiest vowels to recognize because this vowel doesn't exist in most languages and in addition, it is spelled in a few different ways.
Therefore, anybody who wants to learn to speak English with an accurate accent must:
1) Learn how to pronounce to the vowel and recognize its sound (podcast #22)
2) Memorize the spelling patterns and learn as many words with the pattern as possible.
This is how American children learn this vowel. You can do it too!
Let's begin by looking at the most common spelings of this sound:
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing /ɔ / spelled with <0>+<consonant>:
dog ... cost ... song ... long ... off ... boss
Spelling pattern #2 / ɔ / spelled <al>:
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ɔ/ spelled <al>
all ... always ... call ... ball ... salt ... tall ... talk ... walk ...
Spelling pattern #3 / ɔ / spelled <au>:
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ɔ/ spelled <au>
pause ...caution ... author ....laundry ...
Spelling pattern #4 / ɔ / spelled <aw>:
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ɔ/ spelled <aw>
law ... saw ... raw ... awkward ... dawn ... draw ... awesome ...
Spelling pattern #5 / ɔ / spelled <ought>: (less common)
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ɔ/ spelled <ought>
bought ... brought ... fought ... cough ...
Important Exceptions: strange spellings of /ɔ/ .
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain /ɔ/:
water ... want ... daughter ... caught ... broad ... gone ...
One of the best ways to memorize these strange spellings is to use these words in sentences -practice them.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following phrases which contain words with exceptional spellings of /ɔ/She's caught up in politics. (invoved in, following closely)
The economy has gone to the dogs! (in poor condition, deteriorated)
They threw him in the deep water on his first day . (gave him difficult and advanced work)
He's trying to broaden his horizons. (learn more and experience new things)
Now that you've become aware of the various spelling patterns of /ɔ/, I encourage to practice this sound as often as possible.
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