AUDIO KEY: Manchester (bold) In many areas of England, particularly in big cities like Manchester, some speakers don’t pronounce < th > words with /θ,ð/, instead they use /f,v/: THANKS, THEATRE, BROTHER. So the word THREE is pronounced in the same way as FREE....
AUDIO KEY: Cockney (bold), Standard (italic)
Cockney, which is spoken in East London and Essex, contains a lot of glottal stops. In words like WATER, FITTING and ROTA – where ’t’ appears between 2 vowel sounds, you’ll hear [ʔ].
In standard pronunciation, /t/ is pronounced between vowel sounds: WATER, FITTING and ROTA.
– Listen and decide if the sentences are pronounced in standard (GB) or cockney (CKN):
1. Waiter, a pint of water, please. GB CKN
2. Have you got a lighter? GB CKN
3. Tonight’s the hottest night. GB CKN
4. What a great artist GB CKN
5. Pat isn’t assertive at all. GB CKN
6. What beautiful writing! GB CKN
7. It isn’t wet at the moment. GB CKN
8. This pattern’s complicated. GB CKN
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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...
AUDIO KEY: Birmingham (bold), Standard (italic) Some words spelt with a single < a >, like BATH, GLASS and FAST are pronounced with long /ɑː/ in standard English. In most of the middle and north of England, these same words are pronounced with short /a/ BATH,...
AUDIO KEY: Northern (bold), Standard (italic) In northern England, local accents don’t contain /ʌ/ so words like FUN, LOVE and SHUT are all pronounced with /ʊ/ In standard English these words are pronounced with /ʌ/: /fʌn/, /lʌv/ and /ʃʌt/. - Decide if the...
In Standard American (GA) English the final ‘r’ is pronounced so words with ‘er’ endings like SHIVER, FIGHTER and SLOWER, end with /r/. In Standard British English (GB) the final ‘r’ is silent, so these same words end with a schwa: /wɪntə/, /fʌɪtə/ and /sləʊə/. ...
/ʊə/Security during the tournament was poor.The plural of tour is surely ‘tours’. Previous & Next Lessons Related Lessons
1. “so so” /əʊ/ 2. “pay day” /eɪ/ 3. “hear hear” /ɪə/ 4. “high time” /ʌɪ/ 5. “out and out” /aʊ/ 6. “hoity toity” /ɔɪ/ Previous & Next Lessons Related Lessons
- Make 2 (or more) common words by placing diphthong sounds in the gaps:1. /b_t/ 2. /n_/ nay, neigh /neɪ/ nigh /nʌɪ/ no, know /nəʊ/ now /aʊ/ near /ɪə/ 3. /fl_/ flay /fleɪ/ fly /flʌɪ/ flow /fləʊ/ 4. /pl_/ play /pleɪ/ ploy /plɔɪ/ ply /plʌɪ/ plough /plaʊ/ 5....
/ɔɪ/The annoying noises spoilt the boy’s joy. My choice as employer is to appoint Floyd. Previous & Next Lessons Related Lessons
/ʌɪ/ Fine wine and light bites tonight. I dislike high and mighty types. Previous & Next Lessons Related Lessons
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