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    #11

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Yup, I hear them as dipthongs. Now excuse me while I take a dip in my thongs!
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    #12

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    Do you wear more than one thong at a time?

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    #13

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Do you wear more than one thong at a time?
    An Australian person would.

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    #14

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Quote Originally Posted by TaiwanPofLee View Post
    Thank you, Charlie. But o, oo, ah, and ee sounds as in what words?
    o: cold
    oo: noon
    ah: arm
    ee: see
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    #15

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Do you wear more than one thong at a time?
    One on each foot!
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    #16

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrfatso View Post
    An Australian person would.
    Yeah. And upside down!
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    #17

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    o: cold
    oo: noon
    ah: arm
    ee: see
    Hi Charlie!

    What would you say if someone says the following?

    o: cross
    oo: foot
    ah: arm
    ee: beer

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    #18

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    The "oo" in "foot" is not the same as the "oo" in "noon".

    noon = broom = soon = toot = hoot = boot = food

    foot = soot = good

    Pronunciation in English is not logical. For example, you would expect "food" to rhyme with "good" but it doesn't. Frequently, you simply have to learn the pronunciation of individual words. Forvo is a very helpful website where you choose a language, search for a word and then listen to the pronunciation of the word, recorded by native speakers from all over the world.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #19

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    Different opinions about the pronunciations of O and I :

    Charlie's:
    The letter O starts with an o sound and ends with an oo sound. The letter I starts with an ah sound and ends with an ee sound.

    Charlie's:
    o: cold
    oo: noon
    ah: arm
    ee: see

    Someone's:
    o: cross
    oo: foot
    ah: arm
    ee: beer

    Looking forward to more responses.
    Last edited by TaiwanPofLee; 13-Apr-2015 at 17:02. Reason: Addition of 3 lines after the first paragraph.

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    #20

    Re: pronunciations of O and I

    We have long vowel sounds in English and short vowel sounds. One has to learn the difference. That is not a simple process.

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