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.
|/ʌ/||u||fun sun husband|
|o||some mother month|
|ou||cousin double young|
|/ɒ/||o||hot pocket top|
|a||watch what want|
|/ɔ:/||or||short sport store|
|our||your four course|
|al||ball tall always walk talk|
|aw||draw saw raw|
|/ɑɪ/||i||like time island|
|y||dry shy cycle|
|ie||fries die tie|
|igh||light high right|
Watch the video and practise saying the words.
Come back to the website next week for Sound and spelling – Vowels 3.
By Louise and Barney
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