Sounds and spelling – Vowels 2

Part of learning vocabulary involves learning the sound of a word, but learners of English are often confused by English spelling and are not sure how words sound.

We have chosen some common sound/spelling combinations to help you.

We give the phonemic symbol, the letters which can make that sound, and some common examples.

You can also hear the words then pause the video to practise saying them.

Finally, we suggest that you create your own groups using words that are important for you.

Here is a second set of some vowel sounds.

Sound Spelling Examples
/ʌ/ u fun sun husband
o some mother month
ou cousin double young
oo blood
/ɒ/ o hot pocket top
a watch what want
/ɔ:/ or short sport store
our your four course
ough bought
augh daughter taught
al ball tall always walk talk
aw draw saw raw
ar warden warm
oor floor door
/ɑɪ/ i like time island
y dry shy cycle
ie fries die tie
igh light high right
ei height
ey eyes
uy buy

Watch the video and practise saying the words.

See Sound and spelling – Vowels 1

Come back to the website next week for Sound and spelling – Vowels 3.

By Louise and Barney


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