Vowel sounds are:

a

e

i

o

u

(and Y as a relative as in by and my).

The vowels have two sounds.

a can be pronounced ‘ah’ as in cat or ‘ay’ as in mate.

e can be pronounced ‘eh’ as in pet or ‘ee’ as in Pete.

i can be pronounced ‘ih’ as in kit or ‘igh’ as in kite.

o can be pronounced ‘ogh’ as in top or ‘owe’ as mope.

u can be pronounced ‘ugh’ as in cut or ‘yew’ as in cute.

It is vital that you know words cannot be created  without vowels (including y as vowel relative).  There is also a strong probability that if it isn’t a short vowel then it will be a long one.

If you really want to impress, then try to remember a short vowel has a smiley on the top of the letter and a long vowel has a line (see the pictures below).  Why not try working out the vowel sound out with subject words using the smiley or line?

ah or ay for a

eh or ee for e  and so on.

Here’s a link if you want to learn more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/spelling/read/2/

 

 

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