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Diphthongs: The word ‘diphthong’ is from a Greek word, which means double sound. They are also vowels. The difference is that while a pure vowel contains only one sound, a diphthong contains two sounds with a glide from the first vowel.


/ei/ as found in rain

/ᶕu/ as found in spoke

/ai/ as found in high

/au/ as found in how

/ᴐi/ as found in oil

//iᶕ/ as found in hear

//eᶕ/ as found in spear

/uᶕ/ as found in tour



Diphthongs can be divided into two, namely:  centering and closing dipthongs. Classify the diphthongs above into these two.


See also

Guided Composition (Narrative)


Contrasting Vowels


Simple Present Tense and Simple Past Tense

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