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’.

You can listen to the pronunciation at

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


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.