ŏ / ɑ – octopus

  • Name: ‘short o’. Voiced. This sound is made with your vocal cords.
  • Start by dropping your jaw to open your mouth.
  • Your tongue should be relaxed at the bottom of your mouth.
  • The tip of your tongue rests against the back of the bottom front teeth.
  • Your mouth and lips are in a relaxed, neutral position.
  • See photos showing the differences between the /ă/, /ĕ/, /ĭ/, /ŏ/, and /ŭ/ sounds.