Lesson 3: The [ɔ:] sound as in "horse" - EngTips

Speech organs position:

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The lips are pushed forward but not as far forward - as in [u:] (Lesson 2) - slightly rounded, but still with a bit of tightness and tension.

The back of the tongue is rising at the back of the mouth, but not nearly as high as it would be with [u:].

[ɔ:       ɔ:            ɔ:]

A7. Words

Listen and repeat. Look at the mouth diagram to help you position your lips, tongue and jaw for the target sound.

Spelling variations for the [ɔ:] sound

Highlighted bold letters pronounced as [ɔ:]

or

storm, door, horse, corpulent, sordid, organic

aw

awe, law, dawn, lawn, sprawl

au

caustic, Paul, cautious

augh

naughty, haughty, daughter

a before l and al

almost, ball, wall, walk, talk, appalling, although

 A8. Sentences

Listen and repeat. Read each sentence aloud slowly at first, then as if you were telling it to someone in a natural way.

  • George was falling asleep awkwardly in a sprawl.
  • The written laws ought to prevent thoughtless talks.
  • This appalling store was full of all sorts of ordinary shorts.
  • Maud's daughter Georgina was an awful daughter-in-law.
  • Four hundred and forty-four storks flying home in the storm.
  • Paul called out when he thought he saw his naughty daughter fall in the water.

A9. Verses

Listen and copy the intonation and voice modulation on the CD.

As I was going by Mr King's yard,
I saw a man sawing,
And of all the sawyers I ever saw,
I never saw a saw saw like that saw sawed.

Additional exercises:

A: Write down 4 words with the target sound that you often use when speaking English. Practice these words, thinking about your Ups, tongue and jaw positions for the target sound.

В: Write down 4 words with the target sound that you often hear on TV, radio or from your friends/col/eagues. Practice these words, thinking about your Ups, tongue and jaw positions for the target sound.

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