This means your mouth should move from one position to another.
- "oi" - noise, point
- "oy" - employ, oyster
These are both diphthong vowels. However, /ɔɪ/ starts with your tongue pulled backwards with your lips forming a circle, and /ɑɪ/ starts with your tongue pulled downwards with your lips widened.
Now compare /ɔɪ/ and /ɔ/:
You can hear the difference between /ɔɪ/ and /ɔ/ in these words.
Now, practice /ɔɪ/ in sentences. Say the words first, then the sentences:
The boy didn't put away all his toys.
2. annoyed - noisy
I'm annoyed by our noisy neighbors.
3. enjoys - coins
My uncle enjoys collecting old coins.
4. employees - joined
The new employees joined us for lunch.
5. pointed - oysters
My friend pointed out the shop that sells oysters.
6. avoid - oil
Please avoid putting too much oil in the food.
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