Topic

/w/ vs /r/ – e.g. wake vs rake

Complete the exercise by:

  1. Listening to the MP3 and noticing the sound differences
  2. Listening & repeating each word out loud.

won – run
wɐn – rɐn

wide – ride
wɑed – rɑed

wake – rake
wæɪk – ræɪk

wane – rain
wæɪn – ræɪn

whip – rip
wɪp – rɪp

white – right
wɑet – rɑet

wed – red
wed – red

wing – ring
wɪŋ – rɪŋ

wipe – ripe
wɑep – rɑep

wag – rag
wæg – ræg

wig – rig
wɪg – rɪg

wheel – reel
wiːl – riːl

witch – rich
wɪʧ – rɪʧ

weed – read
wiːd – riːd

whale – rail
wæɪl – ræɪl

whack – rack
wæk – ræk

west – rest
west – rest

wanker – ranker
wæɪnker – ˈræɪŋkə

wit – writ
wɪt – rɪt

what – rot
wɔt – rɔt

when – wren
wen – ren

wool – rule
wʊl – rʊl

went – rent
went – rent

wax – racks
wæks – ræks

where – rare
weː – r

weep – reap
wiːp – riːp

wang – rang
wæɪng – ræɪŋ

way – ray
wæɪ – ræɪ

whiter – writer
ˈwɑetɐ – ˈrɑetɐ

waiter – rater
ˈwæɪtɐ – ˈræɪtɐ

Practice phrases to read out loud:

  1. Wang rang the way Ray rarely wants.
  2. The wax on the white racks was right.
  3. Randy Wilson went to rent it when he wanted.
  4. The rag dog wags his raggy tail rigged with a wig.
  5. What rot will Rob rate and ramble about really well?
  6. Which rich witch was reading about wheat and weed?
  7. The whiter writer was waiting to rate the waiter’s waiting.
  8. Wipe the ripe waxy apple that Rex will wrestle and waste.
  9. Our whales rail against the rest of the West’s raiding and wading.
  10. Whack the rack with a rake when you wake after the rain has waned.