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|Online Classes||Pronunciation Facts|| 750 Business Words
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|Short A||Cat, Apple||Long A||Late, Rain||A to O (æ)o||
|Short E||Pet, Fell||Long E||Meet, Bead
||OI / OY
|Short I||Sit, Fish||Long I||Fight, Pie|
|Short O||Off, Hot||Long O||Hope, Boat|
|Short U (schwa*)||Up, Fun||Long U Only||Flute, Boot|
|Good, Book||Y + Long U||Cute, Music|
What is a vowel? A vowel is a sound that is created without diverting or blocking sound. The main vowels are A, E, I, O, U. Think about these sounds and compare them to the consonants (all the other letters). For instance, B is made by closing the lips (blocking sound). S is made by lightly pressing the tongue against the top of the mouth (diverting sound). When you speak the vowels, your mouth is open and fairly relaxed.
Though vowels do not divert or block sound, there is facial movement in creating them. In fact, in American English, most vowel sounds are large and we move the mouth a lot. The only vowels with little facial movement are the Short E, the Short I and the Short U.
Long vowels say the names of the letters. These sounds usually have more complicated spellings, especially a silent vowel nearby. They have long spellings. Short vowels have short spellings, no silent letters. Only the Short E, the Short I and the Short U are short, quick sounds. All other vowel sounds are fairly large. Americans use large vowels and soft consonants.
The 750 Business Words pronunciation class includes 12 complete lessons on vowel sounds and spelling patterns. This class is great for intermediate to advanced speakers.
Pronunciation of A sounds
Pronunciation of O sounds
English Pronunciation News: Vowel Sounds