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Lesson 9 - Nasal sounds

The difference between TRAP, STRUT & LOT, for example CAP, CUP and COP

If you find it challenging to make the difference between words like CAP, CUP and COP clearly, this lesson will help.

We’re focussing on the difference between STRUT /ʌ/ and TRAP /æ/ and LOT/CLOTH /ɒ/ and there are separate videos about all of these sounds.

STRUT and TRAP introduction and words:

cat / cut / cot
bat / but / bot
dam / dumb / Dom
man / money / moth
nan / number / none
lap / love / lot
ham / hum / horrible
pan / pun / pond
tan / ton / toff

  1. I like the jazz in Southern Australia.
  2. Thankfully Tom could outrun the flood.
  3. If it’s not too much bother, could you let the cat in.
  4. The man is monk
  5. My son loves sitting on my lap a lot.
  6. The cat cut its foot on the cot
  7. There’s ham in this pan but it mustn’t be touched.
  8. Yvonne sat the soft carriage seat all across Austria.
  9. You would be mad to eat blood pudding with onions. It’s disgusting.
  10. The cat in the hat loves the bug on the rug.