Did you know that the letter combination ‘oe’ makes many sounds? What could these be? Could we simply combine the sound of ‘o’ and the sound of ‘e’?
Earlier in this series of articles on our blog, we have learned sounds of a, sounds of s, sounds of ‘v & w’, and sounds or ‘ea’.
Sounds of ‘oe’
In this article, let us learn the sounds of phonogram ‘oe’. There are 3 of them.
Each sound is described using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) notations.
Sound 1 – as in doe oʊ (IPA) ō (AHD)
Examples: foe, toe, woe
Sound 2 – as in shoe uː (IPA) o͞o (AHD)
Examples: canoe, booed, cooed, wooed
Sound 3 – as in foetus iː (IPA) ē (AHD)
Examples: foetal, foetid, amoeba, phoenix
This is a less common sound of the phonogram ‘oe’. This spelling variation appears primarily in British English.
Listen to the audio file below for all the sounds of ‘oe’
Let us practise
Did you find the phonogram ‘oe’ interesting? Let us check our learning. Below is a list of words. Can you identify which sound of ‘oe’ is used in each word? Tell us in the comments section. Can you think of any other sound of ‘oe’ than the 3 listed above?
Learning English spellings through Phonics from an early age is highly beneficial to develop competence. The NumberNagar® Phonics method advocates mastery by regular practice. It enables learners to decode the letter-sound correlations in the early stages of learning. This leads to independent reading ability.
Want your child to become an independent reader? Encourage them to learn Phonics.
Until next time, continue to stay curious!
Featured Image Credits: OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay
Dr. Soumya Sreehari
Latest posts by Dr. Soumya Sreehari (see all)
- To drink water or not to drink – that is the question - 11 June 2021
- Puzzles for fun and learning - 28 May 2021
- A questioning mind is a thinking mind - 14 May 2021
- Play and learn having fun with words - 7 May 2021
- 4 lessons to learn from the Montessori method - 30 April 2021