How do you pronounce OUGH?
You may be surprised to know that you can pronounce these letters EIGHT different ways.
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Pronunciation of ‘migrants’
Japanese people went to Peru for work and their descendants returned to Japan to live?
According to Wikipedia, Peru has the second largest ethnic Japanese population in South America after Brazil.
Peru was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with Japan, in June 1873.
Peru was also the first Latin American country to accept Japanese immigration.
8 different ways to pronounce ‘OUGH’
- Though/although, doughnut, thorough in AMERICAN pronunciation* (GO)
- Through (TWO, YOU)
- Cough, trough (OFF) (animals drink from a trough, also the opposite of a peak; peaks and troughs)
- Enough, tough, rough (SUFFER)
- Drought, (snow) plough, bough (of a tree) (NOW, COW)
- Bought, brought, sought (past of “seek”), fought, wrought (fashioned or shaped, e.g. wrought iron – beaten and shaped by hammering), thought, nought (SAW, LAW)
- Thorough in BRITISH pronunciation*, borough (shwa sound)
- Hiccough (UP)
Try to say these sentences out loud
The rough baker thoroughly kneaded (amasar) the dough.
John thought there wasn’t enough water due to the drought.
The rough alcoholic drink I bought made me cough then hiccough through the night.
Though Marta thought her preparation had been thorough enough, the tough examiner failed her.
Although Pete was brought up in a rough part of Slough, he spent a few years in Loughborough before moving to Edinburgh.
Though Loch Morar is the deepest lake in the British Isles, Lough* Neagh is the biggest. (Pronunciation no.9*: a regional dialect of English)
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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