Knowing the Long-vowel sounds and Short-vowel sounds of English can help you be better at pronouncing new words and deciphering spelling patterns, but it also helps to be aware of the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols for the vowels. Some people learn IPA symbols when they first begin to learn English, but others have never… Read More Long-vowel IPA symbols
Do you know the total number of different vowel sounds in English? Beginners often think the answer is “five”, because there are five vowel letters in the alphabet. Of course, anyone familiar with this blog already knows that each vowel letter has at least one Long-vowel and one Short-vowel sound. So is it ten vowels… Read More Overview of Vowels
There are two vowel sounds that are similar to Long-vowels because they have two parts. However, these two vowels do not have an alphabet letter to represent them, so I use the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols for these two sounds. They are: Vowel /aw/ This is the sound in words such as: house /… Read More Two Other Vowels
There is no letter “OO” in the English alphabet, but Long-OO and Short-oo are part of the vowel system. Short-oo Short-oo is a unique vowel sound that is not represented by any other vowel letter. This vowel is explained in “Short-oo? What’s that?” Long-OO Long-OO does not have its own sound. It uses the Long-U-2 sound.… Read More Long-OO
The vowel “U” is a bit unique because it has two Long-vowel sounds. The two sounds are very similar, but they are used in different situations. So, how do you know which one to choose? It all depends on which letter comes just before the Long-U. Long-U-2 (/uw/) Long-U-2 is used after sounds that are… Read More Long-U: 1 or 2?
The vowel system of English can be confusing because there are only five vowel letters (A-E-I-O-U), but there are 15 different vowel sounds. The key is that each vowel letter has three or four sounds, and it is important to learn the basic sounds of each one. The letter “E” is a little bit more… Read More The Sounds of E
Each of the vowel letters (A-E-I-O-U) has a Long-vowel sound, plus one or two Short-vowel sounds, and those are the normal sounds for each vowel. But what does Long-vowel or Short-vowel mean? Long-vowel The Long sound for any vowel, is the same as the name of the vowel letter (like when you say the alphabet). So for example, the sound of… Read More Vowels – Long and Short