Sounds and spelling – Vowels 3

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 the third and final set of vowel sounds.

Sound Spelling Examples
/eɪ/ a take late shave make
ai wait train straight
ay play say stay
ey they grey obey
ei eight weight
ea break
/əʊ/ o home phone open
ow show throw own
oa coat road coast
ol cold told
ou mould
/ɜ:/ ir bird third shirt
or work world word
ur burn turn
ear learn earn

Watch the video and practise saying the words.

See Sound and spelling – Vowels 1

And Sound and spelling – Vowels 2

By Louise and Barney


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