/ʊə/ – Modern vs Traditional

/ʊə/ – Modern vs Traditional

AUDIO KEY: Standard (italic), Traditional (bold)

The diphthong /ʊə/ is becoming less common in British English speakers. Many words, such as SURE, BOOR, TOUR and CURE are pronounced with /ɔː/ these days in standard pronunciation.  

/ʊə/ is still heard in older speakers and in some regional and traditional accents. So the  same words are /ʃʊə/, /bʊə/, /tʊə/ and /kjʊə/.  

Choose the pronunciation you hear from /ʊə/ (traditional) or /ɔː/ (modern):

POOR    /ʊə/ /ɔː/
TOUR    /ʊə/ /ɔː/
MOOR    /ʊə/ /ɔː/
LURE    /ʊə/ /ɔː/
POUR    /ʊə/ /ɔː/
SECURE  /ʊə/ /ɔː/
MATURE  /ʊə/ /ɔː/
LIQUEUR /ʊə/ /ɔː/
PURE    /ʊə/ /ɔː/
ENDURE /ʊə/ /ɔː/

Answers & Audio

1. women
2. once
3. again
4. business
5. says
6. does
7. friend
8. built
9. flood
10. sausage

 

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