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English Pronunciation: Diphthong  

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A Diphthong (pronounced "DIP-thong") is a vowel that a person has to move his or her mouth into two different positions to make. It is a vowel where two different vowel qualities can be heard.[1] Examples are: waist, die, noise, road, house, fierce, bear, sure. Each of these is a different vowel sound.

Diphthongs often formed when separate vowels are run together in rapid speech during a conversation.

Diphthongs contrast with monophthongs, where the tongue doesn't move and only one vowel sound is heard in a syllable
A monophthong is a simple vowel sound that a person does not have to move his mouth to make, like the "oo" sound in "book." In a diphthong, the person combines two different monophthongs, as with the "oi" sound in the word "oil." The person starts with the mouth in the position to make an "o" sound, then quickly moves the mouth to make a hard "e" sound. Another example is the "ou" sound in the word "house." The mouth starts out making a sound like the soft "a" sound in "flat," then moves to make the a hard "oo" sound like the one in "caboose."

Just like with every other part of language, the exact way to pronounce a diphthong is a little different for different accents.
In most dialects of English, the words eye, hay, boy, low, and cow contain diphthongs.

The word diphthong is derived from the old Greek language. Here, di means two or double, while the part -phthong means sound or tone, from the basic word phthalein, which means speak, creating sound by the voice.

Why do most learners find diphthongs difficult at first?

There are eight English diphthongs altogether. To make diphthongs, your tongue, lips (and your jaw on occasions!) have to move. Sometimes the journey your tongue makes is short and very controlled; in some of the diphthongs, it has to move a long distance in your mouth, involving a lot of jaw movement too.

Learners find diphthongs difficult because producing them is a motor skill (like body building!) which has to be practised in order to obtain a good result. You cannot succeed in English pronunciation by understanding alone. The muscles you have to train to make English diphthongs are unlikely to be identical to those you use in production of vowel sounds in your first language.

Understanding is also important. Although you can train to a certain extent through repetition (parrot fashion!), you will be able to make further improvement

Presenting diphthongs - similarities and differences

The English language has twenty vowel sounds. The first 12 of the English vowel sounds are MONOPHTHONGS (5 long & 7 short). The tongue stays at ONE fixed location in the mouth to produce each MONOPHTHONG.

Sounds 13 to 20, the next eight English vowel sounds, are DIPHTHONGS. They present greater difficulty to people learning English because the tongue travels between two fixed locations. It is important to know exactly what to do with the speech organs (i.e. the position of the tongue, lip-shape & tension, size of mouth opening)

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