UNIT 1 Chapter 3 Lesson 6 /ɔɚ/

LESSON 6 /ɔɚ/

COMMON SPELLING PATTERNS  

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or                                   for, port, fork

ore                                 core, more, score

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /ɔɚ/

/ɔ/

  1. Move your jaw down; your lips should be rounded
  2. Imagine /ɔ/ (); pout your lips
  3. This sound only has one mouth formation.

/ɚ/

  1. Lips are slightly rounded
  2. Side part of the lips are pushed back
  3. Tip of the tongue is curled up; OR
  4. Middle part of the tongue is pulled back
  5. Tip and middle of the tongue NEVER TOUCHES the roof of the mouth
  6. The side part of the tongue is touching the upper side part of the teeth
  7. This is an unaccented sound

COMMON JAPANESE MISTAKE

Students usually pronounce this sound as /ɔ/. However, in British English, it is okay to pronounce these words without the /ɚ/ sound.

MINIMAL PAIRS  /ɔɚ/ /ɔ/

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Read and listen to the differences between /ɔɚ/ and /ɔ/

Test your listening skill by asking someone to RANDOMLY read a word and try to guess which word was read.
/ɔɚ/ /ɔ/
court /kɔ́ɚt/ caught /kɔ́:t/
sort /sɔ́ɚt sought /sɔ́:t/
fort /fɔ́ɚt/ fought /fɔ́:t/
course /kɔ́ɚs/ cause /kɔ́:t/

LET US PRACTICE /ɔɚ/

Practice pronouncing the /ɔɚ/ 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 /ɔɚ/
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INITIAL

  1. order

/ɔ́ɚdɚ/

  1. orbit

/ɔ́ɚbit/

  1. orchard

/ɔ́ɚtʃɚd/

MIDDLE

  1. forehand

/fɔ́ɚhænd/

  1. forecast

/fɔ́ɚkæst/

  1. foreword

/fɔ́ɚwɚd/

FINAL

  1. restore

/ristɔ́ɚ/

  1. ignore

/ignɔ́ɚ/

  1. before

/bifɔ́ɚ/

THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS /ɔɚ/
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INITIAL

  1. orderly

/ɔ́ɚdɚli:/

  1. organic

/ɔ́ɚgænik/

  1. organise

/ɔ́ɚgənaiz/

MIDDLE

  1. unforeseen

/ʌnfɔɚsí:n/

  1. forgery

/fɔ́ɚdʒəri:/

  1. hormonal

/hɔɚmóunl/

FINAL

  1. herbivore

/ɚ́:bivɔɚ/

  1. anymore

/énimɔɚ/

  1. sophomore

/sɑ́:fəmɔɚ/

LET US PHRASE IT

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  1. acorn and corn

/éikɔɚn ənd kɔ́ɚn/

  1. more pores

/mɔɚ pɔ́ɚs/

  1. swore to store

/swɔ́ɚ tə stɔ́ɚ/

  1. the fourth shore

/ðə fɔ́ɚθ ʃɔ́ɚ/

TONGUE TWISTER

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The fourth floor has four doors and four porches.

/ðə fɔ́ɚθ flɔ́ɚ həz  fɔ́ɚ dɔ́ɚz ənd fɔ́ɚ pɔ́ɚtʃiz/

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