Sound

English Pronunciation

Vowels: Comparing oi sound and ow sound

Listen to the oi sound
Listen to the ow sound

The oi sound and ow sound are both two-sound vowels.

Compare the oi sound and ow sound

ESL/ELL/EFL oi /ɔɪ/ and ow /aʊ/ sound comparison pronunciation | Pronuncian.com
ESL/ELL/EFL oi /ɔɪ/ and ow /aʊ/ sound comparison pronunciation | Pronuncian.com

oi sound/ow sound part one
illustration

oi sound/ow sound part two
illustration

The oi sound begins with the body of the tongue low and the back of it raised to a middle position. Also, the jaw is more closed than the beginning of the ow sound. The ow sound, with the jaw in a lower position, begins with the center of the tongue dropped into the bottom teeth.

The oi sound transitions into a sound similar to a y sound, with the body of the tongue lifting toward the front of the hard palate. In contrast, the ow sound transitions into a sound similar to a w sound, with the jaw closing as the back of the tongue lifts to a mid-high position while the lips close into a loose circle.

oi sound ow sound
oil
boy
foil


owl
bow
foul




Rate this material:


Share this page at your favorite social networking site!





Discuss this topic in our Forums!


Exercises

ow sound common spellings

ow sound or long o

oi sound common spellings

Sound Practice

other oi

other ow

Pronuncian Lessons

Lessons  

  

Click here to join Pronuncian for full online access to all exercises and quizzes for this lesson.


Top-Ranked Lessons

Compare long a/long e/long i
Compare short a/short e
Introduction to Approximant Sounds
Consonant + /r/: Initial Consonant Clusters
schwa+r /ɚ/
Introduction to Stops
d sound /d/
b sound /b/
g sound /ɡ/
k sound /k/
Letter x Pronunciation: k+s or g+z