What is a Diphthong? - Definition & Examples


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How is a syllable defined?

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1. How many syllables are in the word 'hospital?'

2. The word 'diphthong' is derived from a Greek word meaning what?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Diphthongs can be tricky to spot, but with a little practice you can find them easily. This quiz/worksheet combo covers syllables, the origin of the word diphthong and examples of diphthongs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the quiz you will:

  • Explain where a diphthong occurs
  • Point out a word that includes a diphthong
  • Define the word 'syllable'

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to determine the number of syllables in a word
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you pull the most important information about the term diphthong from the related lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've obtained about syllables

Additional Learning

Broaden your comprehension of this topic by studying the lesson called What is a Diphthong? - Definition & Examples. Concepts covered in this lesson include:

  • Long vowels
  • Methods for non-native English speakers to identify diphthongs
  • The number of sounds in a diphthong