How to pronounce English words that sound similar

VIDEO Eng­lish Words That Sound Sim­i­lar -How To Pro­nounce Them

 

Eng­lish Words That Sound Sim­i­lar -How To Pro­nounce Them

I recent­ly asked cus­tomers which Eng­lish words they get mixed up when they’re try­ing to pro­nounce them, and I got quite a few. Thank to every­one who con­tributed. The inter­est­ing thing is, quite a few of the Eng­lish words show a con­fu­sion between the ‘aw’ vow­el and the ‘oe’ vow­el sounds. I have pre­pared a train­ing les­son on these Eng­lish words for you, and also writ­ten them below includ­ing the pho­net­ics so you can see how to say the words.

 

Eng­lish Words That Sound Sim­i­lar -How To Pro­nounce Them

   Words    British      Amer­i­can     Aus­tralian                 Said
   hall- hole (whole)  /hɔːl/- /həʊl/     /hɔːl/- /hoʊl/     /hɔːl/- /hoʊl/   hawl – hoel
   law – low   /lɔː/- /ləʊ/   /lɔː/-  /loʊ/   /lɔː/-   /loʊ/   law – loe
  horse – hose  /hɔːs/- /həʊz/    /hɔːrs/- /hoʊz/   /hɔːs/- /hoʊz/   hors -hoez
  ball – bowl   /bɔːl/- /bəʊl/   /bɔːl/- /boʊl/   /bɔːl/- /boʊl/   bawl – boel
  call – coal   /kɔːl/- /kəʊl/   /kɔːl/- /koʊl/   /kɔːl/- /koʊl/   kawl – koel
  oil – well   /ɔɪl/-  /wel/   /ɔɪl/-  /wel/   /ɔɪl/-  /wel/  oyl – wel (lips for­ward -w)
 ball – bull   /bɔːl/- /bʊl/   /bɔːl/- /bʊl/   /bɔːl/- /bʊl/  bawl- bool (short oo)
 hawk – hook  /hɔːk/- /hʊk/   /hɔːk/- /hʊk/   /hɔːk/- /hʊk/  hawk – hook (short oo)
 roll (role)- rule   /rəʊl/- /ruːl/   /roʊl/- /ruːl/   /roʊl/- /ruːl/  roel- rool (long oo)
 worm – warm   /wɜːm/ – /wɔːm/   /wɝːm/- /wɔːrm/  /wɜːm/ – /wɔːm/  werm – worm
 walk -work  /wɔːk/- /wɜːk/   /wɔːk/- /wɝːk/  /wɔːk/- /wɜːk/  wawk- werk
 debt – death  /de­t/- /deθ/   /de­t/- /deθ/  /de­t/- /deθ/  det (b is silent)- deth
 sport – sup­port  /spɔːt/- /səˈpɔːt/    /spɔːrt/- /səˈpɔːrt/  /spɔːt/- /səˈpɔːt/   sport – suport
 accept – expect  /əkˈsept/ – /ɪkˈspekt/    /əkˈsept/ – /ɪkˈspekt/   /əkˈsept//ɪkˈspekt/   əksept – ikspect
 soap -soup /səʊp/-/suːp/  /soʊp/-  /suːp/  /soʊp/-  /suːp/  soep- soop

 

If you have any more exam­ples let me know in the com­ments below and I will col­lect them and make anoth­er train­ing les­son with them. In the mean­time have a look at this train­ing les­son that shows you how to say some oth­er tricky words.

Best wish­es, Esther

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