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    Default The diphthong /au/

    Among English diphthongs, /au/ seems to be the most eccentric one:
    This could be illustrated by the words loud,gown and house.
    I have heard many speakers pronounce the first vowel of the diphthong in house (i.e. /a/) like the vowel in mat , while many others pronounce the same sound like the vowel in pot.

    Which one is generally accepted among English speaker(preferably Americans) ?

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    Default Re: The diphthong /au/

    I say /hćʊs/ as do most Australians, or even a more centralised /həʊs/
    The British are more likely to say /hs/ as traditionally written, though accents vary a lot.
    /hoʊs/ is problematic since /oʊ/ is used for the sound of ‘home, ‘bone’ etc. It would be uncommon to hear /hoʊs/.
    I’ll let an American answer for Americans!

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    Default Re: The diphthong /au/

    See the standard English diphthongs chart at Diphthong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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