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Variation of the əʊ sound (like in Show) in British English

SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 Inactive
I read the əʊ sound changes a bit when an L follows, making it sound more like it was ɒʊ (ɒ is the sound in Hot), according to this site: https://notendur.hi.is/peturk/KENNSLA/02/TOP/Amvowels.html (scroll down to Diphthongs)
Is it true? in which dialects does it happen? And how do I make it? Thanks in advance.
Cold code
Old ode
Told toad
Sold sewed
Mold mode
Bold bode

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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 10,080 mod
    In BrE (RP) we tend to say "əʊld", but Americans tend to say "oʊld".

    Where I grew up (the Midlands) people do tend to say mold and bold that way.

  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 Inactive
    edited April 2014
    So people in the midlands do. You grew in the midlands. So you might do as well. I'll listen more carefully to your recordings next time.
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