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Canadian English....Vowel Sounds

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Please note: the words and symbols below refer to the British English sounds. They
are only provided for comparison.   Many of the Canadian sounds are quite different!

the, letter, calendar, a, madam, nation
bird, heard, herd, world, were, curl, girl
beat, seat, sheet, receive, brief, the (before vowels)
bit, kit, mint, hill, hymn
bet, let, set
air, where, there, their, they're, hair, care
bat, cat, hat, add, madam
but, some, mother, come, other, thorough
bad, mad, sad, glad, ma'am
cart, heart, arm, radar
should, good, would, could, wood
shoe, to, two, too, you, who, sue, through
cot, hot, got, on
caught, bought, all, or, raw, roar
 

 

 

A final note: "to", "the", and "at", "from" and "for"are pronounced as above, except at the end of a phrase, in which case the 'strong' form (Eg 'to' rhyming with 'shoe') may be used. The strong forms of "the" (rhyming with "tea") and "to" may also be used before a vowel.

 

Our warmest thanks go to ...

Speaker Geographical origin Date of recording Approx age
Jamie Armstrong
Melissa Forhan
Toronto, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Oct 31, 2000
Nov 17, 2000
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