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Now try saying these words:
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.)