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OUL (would) Sound Multisyllable Word List

By Rodney Everson • Updated Jun 9th, 2023

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The /oul/ sound has two spellings, oo (cookie) and u (bushy) in multisyllable words. These word lists are arranged both by spelling and by the chunk that the spelling occurs. They can be a valuable resource for locating words to illustrate a certain pattern or to find words to practice reading that pattern.

Multisyllable words use only the "oo" or "u" spelling of the /oul/ sound. Only would, should, and could and their derivations like wouldn’t and should’ve use the "oul" spelling. The "u" spelling occurs mostly in the "ful" ending in words like helpful.

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 45 of them are multisyllable words containing the vowel sound /oul/.

Note on the word divisions: Each word is divided into chunks determined by the unique and highly effective OnTrack Reading Multisyllable Method. The chunks are not syllables.

A note on the common "le" ending in words like purple, waffle, and shuffle: If you compare the sounds of the ending chunks of helpful and shuffle, it's apparent that they both sound like the word full. Now, full does have an /oul/ sound it it, so therefore both the ul in helpful and the le in shuffle (and purple and waffle) must also have /oul/ sounds in them. Essentially, they all end with the sounds /oul/+/l/, so the digraph le therefore represents the two sounds /oul/+/l/, just as the digraph qu represents the two sounds /k/+/w/.

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Comprehensive Word Lists

Features over 100 word lists built from 7,000 words input from a children's dictionary. Lists are organized by vowel and consonant sounds and cover most common spellings. Useful in the classroom for building curriculum aids such as short stories that emphasize specific sounds and spellings. Multisyllable words are also included, chunked according to the method taught in the OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Phonics Workbook.
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