PRONOUNCING ENGLISH VOWELS

apple
a - A
a
eagle
e - E
e
insect
i - I
i
orange
o - O
o
underpass
u - U
u
 



Due to the complexity and richness of the vowel system of English language and its many variations it is very difficult to come across a clear pronunciation system. To study the vowel phonemes or diphthongs is an elemental task all English language students have to take seriously, since vowels are the most important part of a syllable.

This section discusses the symbols used for the vowel phonemes in three major English accents: Received Pronunciation, General American, and General Australian.


Vowel Sound Practice

Read the phonemic pronunciation for each word aloud and then click to check if you got it right:

Example Phonemic pronunciation Right pronunciation
dead /ded/
sad /sæd/
birth /bɜ:rθ/
stem /stem/
steam /sti:m/
pull /pʊl/
skill /skɪl/
try /traɪ/
understand /'ʌndər'stænd /
disarm /dɪs'ɑ:rm /


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