Pronunciation is Physical: Diphthongs


Hi there, this is a quick video to look at
the diphthong sounds. I am Colin Munro and this is the English Language
Club. Remember pronunciation is physical and the important thing to remember with the diphthongs
is that they are two sounds combined. So the position of your mouth and tongue and the shape of your lips will change as you say the sound. Lets look at the vowels again so you can see what I mean. The diphthongs are arranged according to the second sound. On the left column are the sounds that end with /ə/. In the middle column are the sounds that end with /ɪ/. And on the right are the sounds that end with /ʊ/. First of all we have /ɪə/ starting on /ɪ/
and finishing on /ə/. Then we have /ʊə/ starting with the /ʊ/ and finishing on the /ə/sound. And the last symbol on the left column is
/eə/. Starting on the /e/ and finishing on the /ə/. In the second column sounds end with /ɪ/
or /iː/ depending on the word. At the top we have /eɪ/. Starting on the
/e/ and finishing on the /ɪ/. Then we have /ɔɪ/ starting on the /ɔ:/
and finishing on the /ɪ/. At the bottom we have /ɪ/ starting on the
/aɪ/ and finishing on the /ɪ/. Then in the final column we have two sounds. The first is /əʊ/ starting with /ə/ and finishing on the /ʊ/. And finally we have /aʊ/ starting on the
/a/ and finishing on the /ʊ/. So those are the diphthong sounds. If you want to improve your pronunciation checkout our other videos on phonetics. We have made videos on each of the different
types of sounds as well as an introduction to phonetics, interactive phonetic charts and a video to help with the most common pronunciation problems. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch through our website. You can also find us on twitter facebook and skype. Thanks very much for watching.

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