Pronunciation Exercises: Vowel and Diphthong Sounds Classification

Vowel and Diphthong Sounds - Woman Listens

Why Learning Phonetic Symbols?

I have always said that learning the phonetic symbols is so important because if you mispronounce Dictionary, people still might understand what you are trying to say but if you mispronounce the onlyy vowel sound in words such as road, map, tear. You are running the risk of being misunderstood or not understood.

An exercise to help students to see the difference between different vowel sounds and diphthong is the classification of one-syllable words.

Remember that pronunciation is something mental and physical. you try to figure out what vowel and diphthong to use and then you try to imitate what you hear.

To help you with that process, have a look at these videos to help you with Vowels and Diphthong Sounds Videos

Vowel and Diphthong Sounds

When clicking in one of the link, a new video will open and you will see videos, sometimes two and sometimes three, the videos will help you master the physical aspect of pronunciation.

Vowel and Diphthong Sounds Classification

Now it is time to practice, check these one-syllable words and classify them using the chart below

  1. Still
  2. Rain
  3. All
  4. Where
  5. Fate
  6. Rich
  7. Snake
  8. Tree
  9. Toy
  10. Reef
  11. Friend
  12. fast
  13. Gleam
  14. Came
  15. Gem
  16. Round
  17. Square
  18. Loud
  19. Said
  20. Ball
  21. Fridge
  22. Talk
  23. High
  24. Chair
  25. Night
  26. Noise
  27. Heart
  28. Big
  29. Voice
  30. Rang
  31. Son
  32. Here
  33. Come
  34. Clock
  35. Sound
  36. Sorry
  37. Full
  38. Book
  39. Dance
  40. Foot
  41. lamb
  42. Put
  43. Feast
  44. Too
  45. Cold
  46. Blue
  47. Rat
  48. Stop
  49. Crew
  50. Net
  51. New
  52. Sit
  53. Now
  54. Field
  55. Work
  56. Sun
  57. Turn
  58. Cup
  59. dark
  60. Sock
  61. Front
  62. Verb
  63. real
  64. Buy
  65. Beard
  66. Year
  67. Pull
  68. ear
  69. Door
  70. Map
  71. Walk
  72. Group
  73. Bread
  74. Boy
  75. Great
  76. Like
  77. Hot
  78. Dice
  79. Choice
  80. Home
  81. Star
  82. Girl
  83. Slow
  84. Boat
  85. Fart
  86. Close
  87. Mouth
  88. There
  89. Nurse
  90. care

Related Information

  1. Information of the use of IPA charts in classes
  2. A Little bit more of info about the Phonemic Chart by The English British Council
  3. Download a set of Phonetics symbols in a PDF Format
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