ha
la
ma
pa
ta
aft
bath
blast
bra
brass
cast
chaff
clasp
class
craft
daft
draft
fast
gasp
glass
graft
grasp
grass
hasp
last
mast
pass
past
path
raft
rasp
shaft
ska
spa
staff
vast
ask
bask
cask
flask
mask
task
basket
cantata
casket
debacle
drama
father
lager
lava
master
nasty
panorama
plaster
plaza
pyjamas
rather
saga
sonata
staccato
strata

Some accents e.g. South Australian
advance
chance
dance
France
glance
lance
prance
stance
trance

7 thoughts on “a as in last

  1. Misty

    Either a British person or Sarah Palin made this list. There’s two different vowels here: /ɑ/ and /æ/

    /ɑ/: ha, la, ma, pa, ta, bra, ska, spa, saga, sonata, staccato, cantata, debacle, drama, father, lager, lava, plaza, pyjamas

    /æ/: aft, bath, blast, brass, cast, chaff, clasp, class, craft, daft, draft, fast, gasp, glass, graft, grasp, grass, hasp, last, mast, pass, past, path, raft, rasp, shaft, staff, vast, ask, bask, cask, flask, mask, task, basket, cantata, casket, master, nasty, panorama, plaster, rather, strata

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    1. alison Post author

      I’m neither British nor Sarah Palin (nor a fan of hers), I’m Australian. There are two different vowels in some accents e.g. most US English, but only one in Australian English. British Received Pronunciation has these as one sound, but in many northern UK accents, what you say does apply, there are two different vowels. Perhaps I should make it clearer that these lists are written in Australian English, and specifically using the IPA transcriptions in the Macquarie Dictionary.

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    1. alison Post author

      I think your accent must be different from mine, I don’t really understand the question. I teach a as in grass as a way to spell /ar/, as that’s how it’s pronounced in General Australian English. But often I encourage kids to say these words with an American accent, as that helps with spelling. All Aussie kids are familiar with American English from TV and movies. Alison

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  2. Anthea Conroy

    If you are teaching in South Australia you might include words such as dance, chance and France in this list.

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