Pronunciation: difference between 'our' and 'hour'

I don't see any difference when I heard the words 'our' and 'hour'. However, the transcriptions in the IPA aren't the same. I will be grateful for any help :)

Jan 3, 2016 6:04 PM
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The reason you can't hear a pronunciation difference is because there isn't one. 

January 3, 2016

'Our' and 'hour' are pronounced exactly the same.


January 3, 2016

Hey bro I am a native english speaker and I don't see a difference either

January 3, 2016

In Collins, the phonemic transcriptions of both words are the same.


When these words are articulated very clearly, then they sound the same and have two syllables, to rhyme with "flower".


When the word "our" is spoken quickly by most people in England, it changes to "aah" or "aar" (rhymes with "far").


Some people might make the word "hour" one syllable, when speaking quickly.  This can depend on accent. In my accent (typical London), it sounds like something between words which rhyme with "flower" and "far".  It's hard to express it in writing!


A comparable change of pronunciation happens in American accents too but I am not able to describe it accurately.

January 3, 2016

Well, according to, there is a difference in pronunciation, but only if we say "our" in an informal, casual, unstressed, and I would add lazy manner.


hour = ouuh r, ou-er


our = ouuh r, ou-er; unstressed ahr


But normally I would say the two pronuncaitions are the same.

January 3, 2016
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