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 Sounds

Diphthong Sounds

Vowel and Diphthong Sounds Classification

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

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  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

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[one-third]

  1. Son
  2. Here
  3. Come
  4. Clock
  5. Sound
  6. Sorry
  7. Full
  8. Book
  9. Dance
  10. Foot
  11. lamb
  12. Put
  13. Feast
  14. Too
  15. Cold
  16. Blue
  17. Rat
  18. Stop
  19. Crew
  20. Net
  21. New
  22. Sit
  23. Now
  24. Field
  25. Work
  26. Sun
  27. Turn
  28. Cup
  29. dark
  30. Sock

[/one-third]
[one-third]

  1. Front
  2. Verb
  3. real
  4. Buy
  5. Beard
  6. Year
  7. Pull
  8. ear
  9. Door
  10. Map
  11. Walk
  12. Group
  13. Bread
  14. Boy
  15. Great
  16. Like
  17. Hot
  18. Dice
  19. Choice
  20. Home
  21. Star
  22. Girl
  23. Slow
  24. Boat
  25. Fart
  26. Close
  27. Mouth
  28. There
  29. Nurse
  30. care

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if you need any help with some words, you can always check phonetic transcriptions using the  Cambridge Online Dictionary

 

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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