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The Pronunciation Page

(Note: These exercises use American English)

Minimal Pair Practice & Quiz - Listening exercises to practise distinguishing between sounds

Sounds of English - an online site which shows how English sounds are produced

 

Chart - The vowels and consonants of Westcoast Canadian English

Vowels

Symbol
Example Word
Phonetic Representation
Variant Spellings
cat

laugh

not

caught thought dawn

take

break wait day eight they

bed

head

toy

lawyer

road

snow wrote go toe

foot

put

lose

moon few tune

again

regret consider (and most other unstressed vowels)

me

tea see believe key busy these

him

business symbol

but

glove because does

learn

turn sir word

rice

height might

rise
lie my sigh
out

 

down

around

 

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Consonants

Symbol
Example
Phonetics
Variant Spellings
bake

bubble

dog

daddy

fit

phone coffee laugh

goat

exactly eggs

hot

who

jump

magic exaggerate soldier

keep

chaos sick clean box

lake

wallet

mom

hammer

noon

know dinner

song

uncle monkey

peace

happy

rare

wrong error

soap

science centre boss fox

shoot

sure machine ocean passion nation special

cheap

question nature

tall

written watched

think
 
them
 
vote

of

win

quick one

zip

raise puzzle dessert

beige
 
yes

use Europe

 

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