Diphthongs

Examples We have eight diphthongs. They are two quality sounds. To realise their sounds, you must glide from the first to the second sound:   The eight diphthongs are these: /ei/, /au/, /ai/, /эi/, /iƏ/, /eƏ/, /υƏ/ /ei/   Spelling variants and words examples are: “a” – cake, brake, make, lake, plate, “ai” – braid, […]

Examples

We have eight diphthongs. They are two quality sounds. To realise their sounds, you must glide from the first to the second sound:

 

The eight diphthongs are these:

/ei/, /au/, /ai/, /эi/, /iƏ/, /eƏ/, /υƏ/

/ei/

 

Spelling variants and words examples are:

“a” – cake, brake, make, lake, plate,

“ai” – braid, sail,

 

“ay” – May, day

 

“au” – gauge,

 

“ey” – they, hey, prey

 

“ei” – rein, reign, heinous

 

“e” – ballet, brought, chalet

 

“ee” – fiancée, nee

 

“ea” – great, break, steak

 

/ Əυ/- The long sound for letter “o”

 

As in:

 

“au” – chauffeur, faults

 

“o” – go, rote, note

 

“eo” – hoe, foe

 

“oa” – goat, both, road

 

“ou” – grow, thrown

 

“ew” – sew, sewn

 

“oo” – brooch

 

/ai/

 

“ai” – aisle , naira

 

“ei” – height, either

 

“ey” – eye

 

“uy” – buy, guy

 

“ye” – bye, dye

 

“y” – Scythe, by, sky

 

“ie” – pie, tie, lie, die

 

/aυ/,

 

“ou” – doubt, count, stout, about,

 

“au” –Nassau

 

“ow” – how, cow, allow

 

/Ɔi/ as in

 

“oi”- boil, oil, noise

 

“oy” – boy, employ

 

“uoy” – buoy, buoyant

 

/iƏ/ as in

 

“e” – era, period

 

“ea” – idea, pear, beard

 

“ere” – here, mere

 

“eer” – peer, sheer

 

“ier”-  pier, weir

 

“ir” – fakir

 

/eƏ/ – as in

 

“ir” – air , fair, hair

 

“are” – care, fare, dare

 

“ear”- bear, tear, wear

 

“ere”- there, where

 

/uƏ/ as in

 

“u” – plural , during

 

“ure” – pure,  cure, sure

 

“our” – tour

 

“oor” moor, boor, poor

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