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South African English....Diphthongs

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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 South African sounds are quite different!

coat, boat, stole, bowl, old, roll, toe, no
fear, hear, ear, beer, weir, mere
fumes, cute, you, newt, queue
face, raise, amazing, straight, hate
fine, behind, line, kind, eye, I, my, sigh
foul, about, flower, out, now, ouch!
foil, boy, toil, enjoy
truer, sewer, bluer, doer
one, wonder, worry, once
albeit, "free it"
theatrical, meander, piano, Seattle

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Speaker Geographical origin Date of recording Approx age



Feb 10, 2006
Feb 10, 2006




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