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Learning the building blocks of words - sounds, their spellings, and word parts

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poultice

poultry

shoulder

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soul

4 thoughts on “ou as in soul

    1. alison Post author

      Hi, I think it’s because my stupid Concise Oxford Dictionary doesn’t have the phonetic script for every word in it, and was no help on this question, and we were disagreeing in the office about whether this vowel is an /o/ or an /oe/ in Australian English. The younger staff here think words like ‘poll’ and ‘pole’ are homophones, but I don’t. Your question prompted me to finally subscribe to the current Macquarie Dictionary, which agrees with you, they list the sound as /oe/, so I’ll add this to the page, thanks for prompting me to do this. I’ll probably now get a lot of Americans commenting that it’s wrong, but I don’t pretend these lists are current for any dialect except General Australian English. All the best, Alison

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  1. Jenny

    I don’t think Bougainville should be in this list. I can definitely hear the long o sound, without influence from an l. I hear a very different o sound in the rest of the list. I really don’t hear a long vowel sound

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    1. alison Post author

      Hi Jenny, thanks for pointing this out, I did some research and you’re right, the first vowel is pronounced /oo/ not /oe/. Not sure why I had it wrong, my apologies.

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