Speech Work (Review of Diphthongs)


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In today’s English Language class, We will be revising our previous work on Diphthongs. We hope you enjoy the class!


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Review of Diphthongs


A diphthong is the combination of two vowel sounds produced together with the gliding movement of the speech organs. That is, to realize its sound, you glide from the first sound to the second one. There are eight diphthongs in the English Language.


They are:

/ eɪ /             as in cake, paid, day, great, eight, rain, reign

/ əʊ /              as in go, toe, grow, sew, brooch

/ aɪ /              as in height, eye, bike, tie, sky, bye, guy

/ aʊ /             as in doubt, Hausa, crown, cow

/ ɔɪ  /              as in boil, boy, buoy, toy

/ ɪə  /              as in pear, fear, mere, sheer, fierce

/ eə  /            as in air, care, fair, hair

/ ʊə /              as in poor, pure, sure, hour


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Evaluation:   Indicate the diphthongs represented by the underlined letters in the words below:

  1. crowd         /   /                        7. clear     /  /
  2. fair /   /                         8. show   /  /
  3. serious /   /                            9. coin   /  /
  4. Island /   /                          10. shake  /  /
  5. foe /   /
  6. vein /   /


Reading Assignment: Read more on Diphthongs from Exam Focus for JSSCE.

References: Oral English by Sam Onuigbo; Diction in English year 10



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