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500 Common Words: Short Vowel Sounds

 
American English uses strong vowel sounds, and we have two or more sounds for each letter. This list has the "short" vowels. This is our name for vowels that do not say the name of the letter (as in "a" in "late"), though only E, I and U are actually short sounds. Let yourself speak the A sounds, the short O and the
in a relaxed, open way. Follow these steps:
  • click on "video" to repeat after the instructor
  • minimize the video to listen only
  • click on "practice" at the bottom to read the words in sentences
If a word has more than one vowel sound, the sound of the column is in bold print. With the U in Up sound, many words have two vowels with this sound. For example above sounds like ubuv.

Pronunciation Video: All Sounds of Short Vowels



A in cat

A by n/m

A in all

E in met

I in sit

O in hot

U in up

in good



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A Sounds

O Sounds

I Sounds

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Sounds


Spelling Vowels
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act
am
all
again
animal
body
a
book
after
an
also
any
begin
brought
about
could
as
and
always
bed
big
common
above
foot
ask
animal
are
been
bring
cross
again
full
at
answer
call
best
build
dog
ago
good
back
began
car
better
busy
follow
among
look
bad
can
cause
center
children
got
appear
pull
black
example
dark
develop
city
hot
bird
put
class
family
draw
end
did
long
blood
should
fact
hand
fall
ever
figure
lot
but
stood
fast
land
far
every
fish
off
certain
took
had
man
farm
example
give
often
color
understood
half
plan
father
friend
him
on
come
wood
happen
plant
hard
get
his
possible
common
would
has
ran
large
head
if
problem
complete
practice
have
stand
part
help
in
product
contain

language
than
saw
interest
inch
rock
correct

last
understand
small
language
interest
song
country

laugh
practice star
left
is
stop
cover

math

start
less
it
strong
develop

map

talk
let
list
thought
direct

pass

walk
letter
listen
top
does

pattern

want
many
little
practice done

perhaps

watch
measure
live

during

that

water
men
minute

early

travel

practice never
miss

earth

practice

next
(go below)

practice



question
practice




Continue with the short E sound (Video 2): ready, red, remember, rest, said, science, second, self, sentence, set, several, special, spell, step, tell, ten, test, them, then, very, well, went, west, when, yellow, yes, yet, practice reading.

Continue with the short I sound: picture, pretty, quick, ship, simple, since, sit, six, still, think, this, which, will, wind, with

Continue with the short U sound, also called "schwa" (
Video 2): enough, final, first, flood, from, front, girl, govern heard, her, island, just, learn, love, machine, minute, money, mother, much, nothing, of, one, other, person, run, second, serve, some, study, such, sun, sure, the, thousand, together, turn, under, until, up, was, were, what, wonder, word, work, world, young

* Notice that many  spellings are pronounced as the U in "up" when on an unstressed syllable. This is because it is the simplest vowel sound.  When next to R,  you may not hear it. This is called a "schwa" in phonetics. It is the U in "up" or nothing at all.

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