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    Hi
    I am hoping someone can help. I want to confirm the terminology used in
    American english for the following:

    diagraphs - eg - sh, ch, ck, ph -
    I can't find an entry for this in any dictionary - is this term used for these sounds / combinations?

    dipthongs - a combination of vowel sounds or vowel letters

    double consonants - eg ll, ss...
    consonant clusters - eg. br, dr...

    vowel diagraphs and dipthongs - eg ee, ai, oa, ou...

    long vowels - eg a, i, o ...

    short vowel + r - eg ar, er .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by riceball72
    Hi
    How do you do ???
    Quote Originally Posted by riceball72
    I am hoping someone can help.
    Let me try my best & see if I could satisfy your requirements here.

    I want to confirm the terminology used in
    American english for the following:
    diagraphs - eg - sh, ch, ck, ph -
    I can't find an entry for this in any dictionary - is this term used for these sounds / combinations?

    Quote Originally Posted by riceball72
    dipthongs - a combination of vowel sounds or vowel letters
    It's a combination of "vowel sounds" & NOT the "vowel letters". For example, vowel "letters" are "a, e, i, o & u" (& at times, letter "y", as well) but the vowel "sounds" for these letters are different since
    >> you produce the sound of "e AND I" when saying the letter "a"
    >> you produce the sound of "I" when saying the letter "e"
    >> you produce the sound of "a AND I" when saying the letter "i"
    >> you produce the sound of "@ AND U" (in British English) OR "o AND U" when saying the letter "o"
    >> you produce the sound of "y AND u" when saying the letter "u"

    Now, in the word "sound", the vowel letter is "o and u" but you DO NOT produce the sound of "o", but you say the sound of "a and u" instead. This is dipthong i.e. the occurence of two vowels immediately.

    Quote Originally Posted by riceball72
    consonant clusters - eg. br, dr...
    I wonder how do you mean by terminology, since this is what it's called i.e. "consonant clusters" i.e. a group of consonants which have no intervening vowel

    Quote Originally Posted by riceball72
    vowel diagraphs and dipthongs - eg ee, ai, oa, ou...
    I'm afraid, I didn't get that

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