6 responses to “o as in to”

  1. Folkdisco says:

    Ah, the “o” in to! To my Yorkshire, England ears *nothing* else sounds quite like the “o” in to! It’s sort of midway between “u”, “oo” and “schwa”. Even compound words like “into”/”onto” sound a little different. Perhaps there’s something I haven’t figured out yet, because I’m often really surprised when I realise how I have been saying words all these decades. I’ve been trying to think of another word with the same “o” sound, and I’ve been trying for months. I made some tricky/red words cards with the tricky word in red, and the correct way to say it below. This works fine with “do/doo” or “sugar/shugger”. But how to write the correct way to say “to”, when my kids say it correctly already, and any way I could think of spelling it was worse than just writing the word “to”? But in my general rules, any “o” at the end of a word almost always sounds like “oa”. I need to say thank you for everything you do, from 10,000 miles away. You seem to be a one woman operation, which is remarkable. I have two sets of twin boys, 2x 5 (very nearly 6) and 2x 7. I find it hard to work out if I have dyslexia, or my problems are the direct result of poor teaching. I’m thinking it was both. My English teaching at school was almost completely useless, but a horizontal line or ruler helps me keep my place, which seems like dyslexia. I’m definitely not thick, cause I have a first class degree, but reading has always been slow and difficult. I’ve learned so much in the past 5 years, trying to teach my kids, so they don’t have the same problems. It’s working great so far. Thank you for being a part of that. Especially your little rants about dysfunctional teaching, which I agree with completely. x

    • alison says:

      Four boys aged 6 and 7, you must be superhuman, and it sounds like they are very lucky to have you. Glad you’ve found my stuff helpful, though I don’t claim anything on this website is relevant to accents other than General Australian English. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Alison

  2. Hafiju Turay says:

    Ado isn’t a popular word

  3. Julie says:

    Hi Alison,
    I am just wondering is there any spelling conventions that I need to know when teaching the [o] saying [oo], like in the words lasso?

    • alison says:

      Hi Julie, sorry for such a slow reply, my website has had a mountain of spam lately and your question got buried in it. This spelling is rare apart from the common words ‘to’, ‘do’ and ‘who’ and their derivations, I’m not aware of any relevant spelling convention. The word ‘lasso’ is from Spanish ‘lazo’ so it’s one of those words borrowed from another language that doesn’t conform to English conventions/expectations. I tell kids it’s OK to say these words the way they are spelt in their ‘spelling voices’ just as skilled spellers say Wed-nes-day or ‘Feb-ru-a-ry’ when they are spelling them, as a spoken mnemonic for the spelling. Hope that makes sense. Alison

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