What is the difference between a diphthong and a digraph?

Is there a Difference between a Diphthong and a Digraph?

Once there was a little girl named Candy.

Candy struggled in reading because she was taught to read using a look/say reading method. Once Candy was introduced to a full, systematic phonics program, she thrived in reading.

One of the things that little Candy learned in her phonics training was the difference between a digraph and a diphthong.  For many teachers and parents, this difference seems difficult to grasp, but it doesn’t have to be.

As Candy learned through her daily phonics training, diphthongs and digraphs are learned one step at a time throughout a systematic phonics program.

However, in a nutshell, here’s the difference between a diphthong and digraph.

Digraphs can be of two kinds: consonant digraphs and vowel digraphs

A digraph is two letters together that make just one sound.

Examples of consonant digraphs are: ch, sh, and ck.
Examples of
vowel digraphs are: ea in teach, aw in paw, eo in people, io in region.

Diphthongs are of only one kind: vowel-sound diphthongs.
A diphthong is a vowel sound produced when the tongue moves or glides from one vowel sound toward another vowel sound in the same syllable.

Examples of diphthongs are: oy in boy, ea in created, io in Pinocchio

Note: Even though oy is made up a vowel and a consonant, it is a diphthong because diphthongs are only defined as gliding vowel “sounds.”

The word Audience is a unique example of both a digraph and diphthong within the same word.
Example of a digraph is Au in Audience
Example of a diphthong is ie in Audience

Diphthongs and digraphs are just two of the elements that make up a strong, systematic phonics program. Because she gained the knowledge of consonants, vowels, digraphs, blends, and diphthongs in an orderly fashion, Candy was able to go on to become a solid reader capable of reading every word on every page.

Sincerely, Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

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