UNIT 1 Chapter 1 Lesson 8 /ɔ/

LESSON 8 /ɔ/

COMMON SPELLING PATTERNS  

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a+ll                                 all, call, ball

aw                                saw, law, straw

au                                 sauce, autumn, August

au+ght                            caught, taught, daughter

ou+ght                            fought, bought, thought

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /ɔ/

  1. Move your jaw down; your lips should be rounded
  2. The back part of your tongue moves down
  3. Imagine /ɔɔ/ (オオ); pout your lips
  4. This sound only has one mouth formation. (refer to common Japanese mistake)

英語耳 p. 69

COMMON JAPANESE MISTAKE

Students usually interchange /ɔ/ and /ou/ sounds.

Students usually add a weak /u/.

MINIMAL PAIRS /ɔ/ /ou/

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Read and listen to the differences between /æ/ and /ɑ/

Test your listening skill by asking someone to RANDOMLY read a word and try to guess which word was read.
/ɔ/ /ou/
law /lɔ:/ low /lou/
saw /sɔ:/ sew /sou/
caught /kɔ:t/ coat /kout/
lawn / lɔ:n/ loan /loun/

LET US PRACTICE /ɔ/

Practice pronouncing the /ɔ/ sound using the words below.

HOW TO PRACTICE

  1. LISTEN to the audio file.
  2. COPY how the words are pronounced.
  3. SLOWLY read the words.
  4. LOOK at your mouth and tongue movement using a MIRROR.
  5. ALWAYS practice.

TWO-SYLLABLE WORDS /ɔ/
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INITIAL

  1. audio

/ɔ:diou/

  1. awning

/ɔ:niŋ/

  1. awkward

/ɔ:kwɚd/

MEDIAL

  1. saucy

/sɔ:si/

  1. faulty

/fɔ:lti/

  1. walking

/wɔ:kiŋ/

FINAL

  1. withdraw

/wiðdrɔ:/

  1. jigsaw

/dʒigsɔ:/

  1. seesaw

/si:sɔ:/

THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS /ɔ/
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INITIAL

  1. authentic

/ɔ:θentik/

  1. audition

/ɔ:diʃən/

  1. audited

/ɔ:ditid/

MEDIAL

  1. awarding

/əwɔɚdiŋ/

  1. precaution

/prikɔ:ʃᵊn/

  1. talkative

/tɔ:kətiv/

LET US PHRASE IT

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  1. bought a ball

/bɔ:t ə bɔ:l/

  1. taught to walk

/tɔ:t tə wɔ:k/

  1. saw a straw

/sɔ: ə strɔ:/

  1. launched last August

/lɔ:ntʃt læst ɔ:gəst/

TONGUE TWISTER

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Paul bought a ball and a bowl last August.

/pɔ:l bɔ:t ə bɔ:l ənd ə boul læst ɔ:gəst/

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