Pronunciation: Discover

It is a common error to pronounce discover with a long o sound. The word ‘over’ does have a long o sound like in the word ‘oh’ . But the first vowel in the word ‘discover’ has a soft sound like the ‘u’ in the words ‘love’ an ‘of’.

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Similarly another, cover, other, brother, hover all have the short vowel sound heard in ‘up’ .

Clover and Rover have a long o sound like in the word ‘over’.

I hope you like it!

Mary from USA

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Mary Ziller

I'm Mary Ziller. I tutor ESL at the IHM Lteracy Center in Philadelphia. I lived a year in Brazil where I became certified to teach English as a Foreign language.

2 comentários

  • 23/06/09  
    João diz: 1

    Wow! In spite of being so short, this text taught me how to pronounce two words (from this very short list). I confess I used to mispronounce the words “hover” (which I clearly remember one of my Master course teachers pronouncing like me (/hôuver/ – which is WRONG) and “clover” (which I used to pronounce /kláver/, which is also WRONG. Thanks, Mary.

  • 24/06/09  
    Adauto diz: 2

    Very nice!

    Though now i learned the right pronounciation, i don’t know when i have to pronounce a word like ‘over’ or like ‘up’. Is there a rule?

    Another question, if i pronounce ‘other’ with the ‘o’ letter pronounced like ‘up’, isn’t it gonna sound like ‘udder’? It’s gonna get a little awkward i think.