A little poll

Try saying these words:blot

          lot       sob           clog

clock         flock

cod           dock

Now try saying these words:

lost              boss

soft              floss

cross             dog

Concentrate on the vowels sounds in each set of words.  Does the vowel sound different to you?  Because I have a really hard time hearing the difference but many people can.  The first set of words is supposed to be /o/, as in short O.  And the second set is supposed to be /aw/.  I think it’s really a regional thing because one of my ESOL co-workers last year pronounced those sets of words totally differently.  Our students laughed at us when we were debating these things in front of them!

So vote – different or the same?!  (And put where you grew up in your comment – I think it makes a difference.)

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7 Responses to A little poll

  1. judgie86 says:

    NO difference baby. . .- AK!!

  2. nutmeggmama says:

    ok, i think they sound very different, except that with a few words i was perplexed…alaska is rubbing away my jersey speak.

  3. Karyn says:

    They sound the same to me!  (Northern California)

  4. nanacilla says:

    This is strange to me because I raised you, but I can definitly hear the difference.  My mouth even moves differently with the two sets.  AK/Seattle

  5. jjandlj says:

    Jon and I both agree the same, being from AK and SD.  When i think of friends from the east coast saying them, I can see what you mean by the differences.  So, I’d say it’s regional.

  6. tsschubert says:

    no difference… they both have and “aw” sound.  I grew up in South Dakota.

  7. ChristieV says:

    Lots of SD people here!  No surprise then, that I would say they sound the same

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