Learn how to pronounce the words GO, GOAL, HOE, HOLE, ROW, ROLE, BOW, BOWL, SO, SOUL, DOUGH, DOLE with this American English.



GO, GOAL /goʊ, goʊl/

HOE, HOLE /hoʊ, hoʊl/

ROW, ROLE /roʊ, roʊl/

BOW, BOWL /baʊ, boʊl/

SO, SOUL/soʊ, soʊl/

DOUGH, DOLE /doʊ, doʊl/


hi there Jennifer from Tarle speech with your question of the week we have a sound study today the long o at the end of the word versus the long o with an l, OL, at the end of a word. This is really confusing for a lot of my students. So let’s take a look at some words and how just missing one sound can change the whole meaning. So we have go and goal, hoe and whole/hole, row and roll, bow and bowl, so and soul, and doe and dole.

So let’s start with this o vowel. So I want you to just look at my mouth to get started oh.

What I’m doing here is I’m opening my mouth the back of my tongue is pulled high up and the tip of my tongue is down in the bottom of my mouth. Down in the bottom in the middle of my mouth. Then I am moving my mouth to a more closed shape and my lips are puckering. When I do that the tip of my tongue moves from down here to flatter and in the middle of my mouth. Sort of pointing out at the end of that o sound.

o o o


Now when we have to add that L this gets super confusing.
What you need to remember for the L is that the tip of your tongue is going to touch the back of your top front teeth. To be really specific because I’ve been getting some questions about this, it’s the spot where your teeth meet the roof of your mouth. L. When you make the L the l sound at the end of the word you can see my lips are pulled back a little tiny bit. It’s more in a smile shape. Also my tongue will stay at that spot where my teeth meet the roof of my mouth for an extra second before I release it. So I really get that nice long L sound. Yes native speakers might not do this but they’re marking that difference in different ways, but for people who really need to make themselves clear, I highly recommend that you hold your tongue there just for an extra second to make that l nice and long and strong. So when we put the o and the l together it’s going to look like this:

You can see my tongue is moving from here to the middle and then to the top. Bottom middle top. And my lips are moving from open, to pucker, to a smile. So let’s look at that again OL.

Now let’s try this in some words. Let’s try words that end in o first
and doe/dough

Now let’s add that L
and dole

Let’s give them a try again:
go goal
hoe whole
row roll
bow bowl
sew soul
doe dole

So give it a try I know people are going to notice the difference. If you found this helpful please give us a like and share with your friends. If you need some more help check out our products and classes at Tarle speech.

Thanks so much everyone have a great week!