JSS 1 English Language (1st, 2nd & 3rd Term) English Language (All Classes)

Introduction to Diphthongs

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.

See also.

Literature | Drama Text Zunju & Uchenna by Pierce Meunier

Vocabulary Development | Prefixes

Making Sentences with Future Tense – Will and Shall

Contrasting Vowel /e/ and /Ʒ:/

Myths and Legends

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