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Indian English....Single Vowel Sounds

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Please note: the words and symbols below refer to the British English sounds. They
are only provided for comparison.  Many of the Indian English sounds are quite different!

the, letter, calendar, a, madam, nation
bird, heard, herd, world, were, curl, girl
beat, seat, sheet, receive, the (before vowels), brief
bit, kit, mint, hill, hymn
bet, let, set
air, where, there, their, they're, hair, care
bat, cat, hat, add, madam
but, some, mother, come, other, thorough
bad, mad, sad, glad, ma'am
cart, heart, arm, radar
should, good, would, could, wood
shoe, to, two, too, you, who, sue, through
cot, hot, got, on
caught, bought, all, sport, war, poor, or, raw, roar


A Note Concerning Indian English

Our warmest thanks go to ...

Speaker Geographical origin Date of recording Approx age

Mrs Rajni Singhani

Udaipur, Rajasthan Feb 25, 2006


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