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English Pronunciation

Vowels: oi sound /ɔɪ/

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ESL/ELL/EFL oi vowel sound pronunciation

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How to pronounce the oi sound

The oi sound is a two-sound vowel that ends in a brief y sound.

Part 1: At the beginning of the sound the jaw is open about mid-way and the body of the tongue is in a low position in the mouth. The bottom teeth can be felt along the sides of the tongue.

Part 2: Then the jaw closes slightly. The body of the tongue moves upward until it is near the tooth ridge, similar to the position of a y sound. The front sides of the tongue touch the inside of the top, side teeth.


Common oi sound spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
oi oil
voice
point


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oy boy
joy
loyal



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The oi sound in suffixes

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Non-phonetic oi sound words

The oi sound is underlined in the following words:
lawyer[1]
[1]: lawyer
The word lawyer can be pronounced with either the oi sound or the aw sound followed by a y sound.


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