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    Hello

    There are two different groups of words in English:
    bald - bold
    ball - bowl
    ect...

    Could you tell me if you pronounce them differently?

    I would want to hear opinions of Americans and the British.

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    Hi

    As an NES (UK), but not a teacher, I would pronounce "bald" similar to "balled" i.e. (phonetically) as "borld", but "bold" similar to "bowled".

    Hope you can understand the differentiation I'm making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi

    As an NES (UK), but not a teacher, I would pronounce "bald" similar to "balled" i.e. (phonetically) as "borld", but "bold" similar to "bowled".

    Hope you can understand the differentiation I'm making.

    Regards
    NT
    Same in AusE, NZE.

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    I agree with this

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    I'm American, and here it is the same as reported above for the British form. Bald = Balled (bɑːld) and Bold = Bowled (boʊld)
    Last edited by Dacre; 21-Mar-2010 at 11:23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello

    There are two different groups of words in English:
    bald - bold
    ball - bowl
    ect...

    Could you tell me if you pronounce them differently?

    I would want to hear opinions of Americans and the British.
    UK US
    bald bɔːld bɔːld, bɑːld

    bold bəʊld boʊld

    bowl bəʊl boʊl



    Ball bɔːl bɔːl, bɑːl


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