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Vowels
Aa Ee Ii Oo Uu
Vowel sounds are made by changing the shape of your mouth but not blocking stoppingthe air flow from your lungs.
There are 5 vowels in the English alphabet - A E I O U.
However But, these letters are not always pronounced the same way in different words and there are more than 5 vowel sounds in the English language.
The phonemic alphabet was established madeto give a symbol a symbol is a picture that means something e.g. ♂ is the symbol for 'male'to each sound so that students can learn the difference between the sounds.

Test your listening skills - Vowels

/ ɑ: / and / ʌ / vowel sounds e.g. dark and duck

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    or choose a sentence below ...
  • Are you afraid of the dark/duck?
  • Come/Calm down ,now!
  • Where did that muck/mark come from?
  • I love the shape of that bun/barn.
  • I'm afraid it was lust/last.
  • My cut/cart was very small.
  • His heart/hut is strong.
  • I wouldn't like to hum/harm it.
  • The animal bucked/barked, struggling to get free.

/ æ / and / e / vowel soundse.g. man and men

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    or choose a sentence below ...
  • 'End/And' has three letters and so does 'And/End'.
  • The hem/ham was falling down.
  • Talk to the man/men over there.
  • There is one bad/bed room
  • Can you lend me a pen/pan, not a pan/pen?
  • Stop gassing/guessing!
  • Should I sand/sand it or send/sand it?
  • Sorry, do you want ten/tan uniforms or tan/ten uniforms?

/ æ / and / ɑ: / vowel soundse.g. cat and cart

/ æ / and / ʌ / vowel sounds e.g. cat and cut

/ æ / and / ɑ: / vowel soundse.g. cat and cart

/ æ / and / ɒ / vowel soundse.g. battle and bottle

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    or choose a sentence below ...
  • All the socks/sacks are over there.
  • He's going for a job/jab at the clinic.
  • The bottle/battle exploded.
  • I hate moths/Maths.
  • Don't ignore the fox/fax.
  • The girl plaited/plotted silently.

/ I / and / i: / vowel soundse.g. ship and sheep

/ ei / and / e / vowel soundse.g. sail and sell

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    or choose a sentence below ...
  • They live for sailing/selling.
  • The debt/date was impossible.
  • Has she got a pen/pain?
  • Letter/Later opening is something to look forward to.
  • I can't eat bread/braid.
  • He made a gateway/getaway to the road.
  • The chess/chase was exhausting.
  • We took our chairs into the shed/shade.

/ ɜ: / and / ɔ: / vowel sounds e.g. work and walk

/ ʊ / and / u: / vowel soundse.g. pull and pool

Click on the symbol to hear the sound. Click on 'more' if you want help with how to say the sound.
short vowel sounds
ɪ
ʌ
e
æ
ʊ
ə
ɒ
Long vowel sounds
ɑ:
ɔ:
u:
i:
ɜ:
Dipthongs (double vowel sounds)

ɔɪ


ɪə
ʊə
əʊ