Minimal Pairs /ɒ/ and /əʊ/ and
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This page uses the symbols of the Phonemic Chart. You can listen to the symbols here.
Below are lists of words that vary only by one having the vowel sound /ɒ/ and the other the vowel sound /əʊ/. You can use this to practise the sounds or as a list of words to be careful to pronounce properly.
/ɒ/ is a short single sound made without the mouth moving. /əʊ/ is a diphthong -- a longer sound made of two sounds -- meaning that the mouth moves during production of the sound.