The Phonetic Guide to English Pronunciation


Each lesson is independent and contains sections on:
vowels, consonants, homonyms, stress patterns and comparative word groups.
Included are voice exercises to improve articulation and to develop richer vocal tone.


PHONETIC  KEY

  The English Alphabet consists of vowels and consonants: (vowels in italics)
  Aa  Bb  Cc  Dd  Ee  Ff  Gg  Hh  Ii  Jj  Kk  Ll  Mm  Nn  Oo  Pp  Qq  Rr  Ss  Tt  Uu  Vv  Ww  Xx  Yy  Zz
   
  The 5 vowel letters make up 21 vowel sounds.
   
 
Vowels:
Play  
A (Abc)
Play   a (apple)
Play
 
aa (cart)
     
''
Play
 
E (Efg)
Play
  e (ever)
 
     
''
Play
 
I (Ijk)
Play
  i (it)
Play
 
y (why) (semi-vowel)
     
''
Play
 
O (Opq)
Play
  o (orange)
Play
 
oo (cool)
     
''
Play
 
U (Uvw)
Play
  u (bush)
Play
 
uh (under)
Play ur (burn)

 

Vowel sound:
aa-u
symbol
Play  
au
(cow, cloud)
''     ''
e-a
''
Play  
ea
(air, care, there, wear, their)
''     ''
i-a
''
Play  
ia
(hear, here, bier, beer, weird)
''     ''
o-a
''
Play  
oa
(all, broad, door, sport, your, sauce, saw)
''     ''
u-a
''
Play  
ua
(tour, poor)
''     ''
ur-e
''
Play   ue (pure)
Neutral vowel: (aeiou)   Play   ə (eh, uh)
   
 
SUMMARY:              
SINGLE SHORT Vowels:
a
e
i
o
u
uh
ur
SINGLE LONG Vowels:
A
aa
E
I
O
oo
U
DOUBLE (compound) Vowels:
au
ea
ia
oa
ua
ue
NEUTRAL Vowel:
ə