How to Pronounce HORDE & HOARD - American English Pronunciation Lesson

Learn how to pronounce the words HOARD AND HORDE with this English pronunciation lesson. These words are homophones, words spelled differently with different meanings but pronounced the same way: H-OR-D /hɔrd/ rhymes with board, bored, cored, cord, ford, gourd, lord, poured, pored, soared, toward

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When to Pronounce S and Z Sounds in English

S and Z are very common sounds in English.  Typically, we pronounce the S sound when you read a letter S and a Z sound when you read the letter Z. 

But, (isn’t there always a “but” with English reading and pronunciation?) the letter S is often pronounced as a Z sound.  Yes, you read that correctly, the letter S is often pronounced as a Z sound. This leads to many mispronounce words.  

How do you know what to say?  Here are a few quick rules to follow: 

  1. Say the Z sound when you see a letter Z.
  2. Pronounce the letter S as a Z sound when the S is between two vowels like in the words cousin, music, and reason. 
  3. Pronounce verbs ending in a SE then silent E as the Z sound.  You hear this in arouse, appease, choose.
  4. Pronounce verbs ending in a SE (silent e that makes the vowel long) as the Z sound.  You hear this in the words these, those, phrase.
  5. Pronounce the -S at the end of a word as the Z sound if the root word ends in a voiced sound.  This is the case in tabs, pans, and Ken’s. 
  6. Pronounce the -S at the end of a word as IZ if the root word ends in a strident or hissing sound like S, SH, CH, J.  This is the case in misses, wishes, church’s, and judges.  
  7. Memorize common function words that have the letter S pronounced  as a Z.  This is the case in the words is, has, was, his.   

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The L in would is silent.

These words rhyme with could, should, good, hood.

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