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"coal" in phonetically

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lolalotta Sat 09-May-15 18:29:15

My DD in reception brought a book home about trains. We came across the word "coal", is that one of those tricky words she just has to learn? The oa in the middle doesn't sound like the oa digraph in "boat" for instance?

lolalotta Sat 09-May-15 18:30:04

Sorry about the typos! I'm on my phone and the predictive text thingy has gone wild!

dementedpixie Sat 09-May-15 18:31:09

It does in my accent

JasperDamerel Sat 09-May-15 18:33:47

I think that might be a regional accent thing. The oa is the same in both for me. Where are you from?

tattychicken Sat 09-May-15 18:34:00

Ummmm..mine too!!! I say coal as "cole" and boat as "bote"....?

JasperDamerel Sat 09-May-15 18:35:08

If it is tricky with your accent, ask the teacher, who will probably have had to deal with this all the time.

FeckityFeck Sat 09-May-15 18:35:11

I don't know what accent you have, but boat and coal have the same oa sound when I say them. I just spent a few minutes repeating coa-t boa-t coa-l boa-l grin

JasperDamerel Sat 09-May-15 18:38:09

I think (not a linguist) that the way you pronounce the 'l' at the end can have a sort of knock-on effect when saying the 'oa'. It can be sort of co-ul. In the that case the 'uh' is part of the 'l'.

lolalotta Sat 09-May-15 18:38:44

Well, I'm not sure what my accent is, I grew up in Wales (but it's not a Welsh one) and now I live in the South. I am only just beginning to get to grips with Phonics so am no expert!

JasperDamerel Sat 09-May-15 18:39:30

So "c-oa-ul".

bobajob Sat 09-May-15 18:42:07

I've never thought about it before but it's slightly different in my accent too.

I'd just explain it as sometimes oa makes the sound in boat and coat and sometimes in makes the sound in coal and foal, just like oo sometimes makes the sound in zoo and sometimes makes the sound in book (if those differ in your accent too!).

Singleandproud Sat 09-May-15 18:42:55

If it helps, when I teach my DD vowel digraphs we say "when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking". Don't know if this will help with the accent though.

lolalotta Sat 09-May-15 18:44:35

The middle sound rhymes with the beginning of old in my accent...confused Now I'm wondering if I pronounce it strangely! wink So c-ol-e...

lolalotta Sat 09-May-15 18:46:45

The middle sound rhymes with the beginning of old in my accent...confused Now I'm wondering if I pronounce it strangely! wink So c-ol-e...

fortunately Sat 09-May-15 18:47:07

They sound the same in my accent.

The phonic split is c-oa-l. It's not a tricky word, they just need to know the oa sound.

The "first vowel does the talking" is a good one to remember.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Sat 09-May-15 19:35:10

I think you probably pronounce it as strangely as I do.

Coal, old, cold etc are usually given as /oa/ in phonics schemes, but it isn't the way I say them.

If she's already familiar with 'oo' representing both the sound in book and the one in moon, I would do the same with the 'oa'. Say the word and try and isolate the sound you make, then just tell her that sometimes those two letters make that sound/represent that sound and to try and blend the word.

(And yes, I know that letters technically don't make sounds)

QuiteQuietly Sat 09-May-15 20:11:18

When we had the words home on trucks (from the letters and sounds website) I found lots of them only "worked" in what I would term a northern accent. Particularly with "a" (eg bath, path etc.). It was confusing for a while, but DC soon got used to sounding out a word and then trying to fit it to an actual word we would say. And as the words get harder that happens anyway, regardless of your natural accent. C-oi-n-SIDE-ns or co-IN-si-dens.

maizieD Sat 09-May-15 20:22:23

The "first vowel does the talking" is a good one to remember.

Not really.

It doesn't work at all in lots of cases: ou, oi, oy, ea (great), ie (field), oo (moon), ai (dairy)

At best it's a 'possibility'.

Better not to teach anything which could lead to confusion later.

lolalotta Sat 09-May-15 21:58:47

This is how I say it:

lolalotta Sat 09-May-15 22:01:03

Blimey, I obviously need to get a life, I never thought I'd be googling the pronunciation of the word coal on a Saturday night! confused

maizieD Sat 09-May-15 22:38:11

I wouldn't worry too much at all about how other people pronounce it. With phonics you teach to the accent. The 'oa' in coal represents whatever sound is 'said' for it in the child's accent.

Phonics is not elocution lessons!

Ferguson Sat 09-May-15 23:24:57

Quite apart from the Phonics aspects, many children today don't know what 'coal' is, as they only have central heating!

A Yr2 girl I worked with once asked, "What's that black rock stuff?"

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maizieD Sun 10-May-15 00:59:05

Are you not allowed to speak its name, Ferguson?

lougle Sun 10-May-15 04:01:11

In my accent coal is said the same as bowl dole and troll. So I suppose the 'a' lengthens the 'l' sound.

StayGoldPonyBoy Sun 10-May-15 04:55:53

For me coal rhymes with bowl, but for cold I say it 'coaled' rather than to rhyme with bold. It really is an accent thing!

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