Unitat 27

Diphthongs

A diphthong is a speech sound that begins with one vowel sound and changes to another vowel sound in the same syllable.

Contingut exercicis

Diphthongs are often (but not always) made when two vowels are next to each other in the same syllable.

Have a look at the following list to know how vowel sounds can be spelt. All spellings have been exemplified:

Spelling and examples
It can be represented by “a”, “ai”, “ei”, “ay”, “ey” “ea”: lady, aid, sleigh, day, grey, steak.
It can be represented by “i”, “y”, “ie”, “ye”, “ei”, “ey”, “uy”: ride, cry, die, bye, either, eye, buy.
Ɔɪ It can be represented by “oi”, “oy”, “awy”: voice, oyster, lawyer.
ɪə It can be represented by “ea”, “ee”: ear, near, beer.
It can be represented by “ai”, “ere”, “are”: hair, there, square.
It can be represented by “ow”, “ou”: town, sound.
Ʊə It can be represented by “ur”, “ure”: Europe, pure.
əƱ (*oƱ in American English) It can be represented by “o”, “ow”, “oa”, “oe”, “ough”, “ou”: home, go, own, coat, toe, although, soul.

 

Notice that sometimes the same spellings can be pronounced differently. For example, the letters “ow” can be pronounced “əƱ” and “aƱ”, or the letters “ei” can be pronounced “eɪ” and “aɪ”:

town (aƱ) – own (əƱ) either (aɪ) – sleigh (eɪ)

 

Exercici 1

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Exercici 2

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Exercici 3

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