UNIT 1 Chapter 1 Lesson 7 /ou/

LESSON 7 /ou/

COMMON SPELLING PATTERNS  /ou/

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                                 old, don’t, both

oa                                 coast, goat, loan

ow                                low, snow, grow

o+ consonant + e           role, joke, phone

HOW TO PRONOUNCE /ou/

/o~/

  1. Move your jaw down; your lips should be rounded.
  2. The back part of your tongue moves down
  3. Imagine

/~u/

  1. Move your jaw up; your lips should be rounded
  2. The back part of your tongue moves up
  3. Imagine
  4. Always imagine /ouuu/ (オウー) (refer common Japanese mistake)

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 COMMON JAPANESE MISTAKE

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

Students usually produce a weak /u/ sound.

MINIMAL PAIRS /ou/ /ɔ/

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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.
/ou/ /ɔ/
oat /óut/ ought /ɔ́:n/
choke /tʃóuk/ chalk /tʃɔ́:k/
woke /wóuk/ walk /wɔ́:k/
close /klóuz/ claws /klɔ́:z/

 LET US PRACTICE /ou/

Practice pronouncing the /ou/ 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 /ou/
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INITIAL

  1. owner

/óunɚ/

  1. Oakland

/óuklənd/

  1. oatmeal

/óutmi:l/

MEDIAL

  1. cocoa

/kóukou/

  1. foaming

/fóumiŋ/

  1. hotel

/houtél/

FINAL

  1. duo

/dúou/

  1. although

/ɔ:lðóu/

  1. thorough

/θəróu/

THREE-SYLLABLE WORDS /ou/
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INITIAL

  1. opening

/óupəning/

  1. oasis

/ouéisis/

  1. overload

/óuvɚloud/

MEDIAL

  1. coconut

/kóukənət/

  1. proactive

/prouǽktiv/

  1. telephone

/télifoun/

FINAL

  1. flamingo

/fləmiŋgóu/

  1. volcano

/vɑ:lkéinou/

  1. placebo

/pləsí:bou/ 

LET US PHRASE IT

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  1. own a phone

/óun ə fóun/

  1. throw a stone

/θróu ə stóun/

  1. slowly growing

/slóuli gróuiŋ/

  1. goat on the boat

/góut ɔn ðə bóut/ 

TONGUE TWISTER

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Don’t throw a stone to my telephone.

/dóunt θróu ə stóun tə mai téləfoun/

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