Learn how to Pronounce OLD & OLT – GOLD, COLD, HOLD, TOLD, COLT, VOLT, BOLT, JOLT with this American English Reading & Pronunciation Lesson.
Hello! Jennifer from Tarle speech with your question of the week and this is a tip, a quick word study. This question this week was based around a few words that I have gotten recently and I saw a pattern and that’s why I’m teaching the pattern this way. Typically, when we have a closed syllable in english, meaning it ends with one or two consonant sounds, that vowel before it is going to be short. Many of my students think this should be oh or oh. But in this case this is a spelling exception and a reading exception. We’re going to say the long o and you were going to say old and olt. How do we do this? You’re going to start with that o. Your mouth is going to be open, tongue is going to be low in the bottom of the mouth, then you’re going to move to a pucker. As you move to a pucker, your tongue doesn’t really have anywhere else to go so, it’s just going to be flat in the middle of your mouth. o o o.
Then you’re going to keep moving your tongue from the middle of your mouth to the back of your top front teeth for that L. As you do this, you want to think about smiling lips so that your lips are no longer in a pucker. Okay so it’s going to look like this old old old.
It looks kind of funny because I’m going really really slowly. It won’t look so funny when I try it in a word. And then we’re going to end with that d d. And to do that: tip of the tongue touches the back of your top front teeth, air puffs out, voice box is on and moving. For the t, same position, voice box is off, and is not moving. So let’s try those
old old old
olt olt olt
One more thing someone asked me about, what’s the difference between cold and gold?
Gold: voice box is on and moving.
Cold: voice box is not on and not vibrating.
One more time:
So give me a sentence with any of those words and give it a try. I know people are going to notice the difference. If you found this helpful give us a like and a share. If you need help we have products and classes listed at Tarle Speech. Thanks everyone!