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Language Question

Native speakers of English, help me out. When you pronounce the words “shirt” and “short”, do they sound different? When I pronounce them, they sound identical but I wonder if that’s ok. 

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13 thoughts on “Language Question

  1. Yes, they are different. The vowel in ‘short’ is lower and further back.

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  2. What TomW said – for me, they sound entirely different. Shirt has the same vowel sound as “shirk” (as in “shirk your responsibilities”, an “er” type sound for me), whereas short has an “or” type sound as in “door”.

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  3. Christopher Beal on said:

    In Canada, may be.
    Not in US.
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    https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.js

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  4. In English English shirt and short are definitely spoken differently, although we don’t usually pronounce the r in either word like Americans and Canadians do. I’m sorry, I don’t know how to describe the differences, I’m no linguist. If the Spanish way helps, go for it!

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