A diphthong is a sequence of two vowels. This means that in order to produce a diphthong, the tongue moves or glides from the position of are simple vowel into the position of another vowel. We have eight (8) diphthongs: /ei/, /Əu/, /iƏ/, /eƏ/, /ƌi/, /ƌv/, /Ɔi/ and /uƏ/. The following are the various examples of words that have these speech sounds in them.
/ei/ /Əu/ /iƏ/ /eƏ/ /ƌi/ /ƌv/ /Ɔi/ /uƏ/
Stay told ears where hiding cows voice sure
Away logo feared chair knife found boy poor
Rain know theatre bears died bout spoilt pure
Late coat cheers wear buy around joyce tour
Today close hero fare five mouth choice cure
From your NOSEC, flip over to page 82-83 and practice the various sentences using these speed sounds.
Use the following words in sentences.
(i) today (ii) chose (iii) hero (iv) fare (v) five (vi) mouth
(vii) choice (viii) cure.