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Speech Sounds - /ɒ/, /ɔ:/

Description of the /ɒ/ Sound
  • To make the /ɒ/ sound, the back of your tongue is slightly raised from its resting position towards the soft part of the roof of the mouth
  • When you say /ɒ/, your lips are a little rounded and there is no contact between the sides of your tongue and your upper side teeth
  • /ɒ/ is a short vowel sound
Some Ways of Spelling the /ɒ/ Sound
  • o, as in: log, option, odd, shock, knob, off, God, sod, rod, don, pot, cot, etc.
  • a, as in: watch, yacht, waddle, was, want, etc.
  • ou, as in: cough, trough, etc.
  • ua, as in: quarrel, squat, squad, squash, quality, etc.
Description of the /ɔ:/ Sound
  • To make the /ɔ:/ sound, the back of your tongue is raised halfway towards the soft part of the roof of the mouth
  • The /ɔ:/ sound is also a back mid-vowel sounds
  • Your lips are very rounded when you say /ɔ:/ and no contact is made between the sides of your tongue and your upper side teeth
  • /ɔ:/ is a long vowel sound
Some Ways of Spelling the /ɔ:/ Sound
  • ar, as in: war, warm, swarm, warn, ward, etc.
  • or, as in: torch, porch, short, torture, horse, orchid, etc.
  • ore, as in: chore, ore, pore, core, more, etc.
  • our, as in: court, four, mourn, etc.
  • oar, as in: hoarse, coarse, soar, hoard, oar, etc.
  • oor, as in: door, floor, moor, etc.
  • a(l), as in: talk, salt, walk, chalk, stalk, balk, etc.
  • au(gh), as in: author, daughter, taught, taunt, flaunt, Paul, etc.
  • aw, as in: saw, law, crawl, brawl, jaw, awesome, etc.
  • ou, as in: bought, thought, sought, ought, fought, wrought, etc.
  • a(ll), as in: all, pall, call, tall, hall, ball, etc.
  • oa, as in: broad, abroad, etc.
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