Description of pure vowels in English

Making of pure vowels in English

Vowel no1: /i:/

To produce this  pure vowels sound correctly, the front of the tongue is raised towards the roof of the mouth almost touching it. But a small space is allowed between the tongue and the roof of the mouth. The tongue is tensed up and the lips are spread. This sound occurs in the words below and is long vowel

 

Key        Believe receive

Bee        bean      scene

Tree       free       pea

need     knead   feed

This sound frequently occurs in spelling as “ee” or “e” “ie” “ei” and “ey”

Vowel No. 2: /|/

To make this  pure vowels sound, the tongue is not quite as high as for vowel No.1 Here, the sides of the tongue touch the upper lips lightly. The tongue is lazx. While the mouth is slightl open and lips are spread. This sound is a short vowel and occurs in the following words:

bid          pig          did

sit           fit            fifth

trick       tick         sick

rich         ship        chip

This sound usually occurs in spelling as “I” in the middle of a word and “y” at the end. Occasionally “y” appears in the middle of words as in lyric and hymn.

Vowel No.3: /e/

To pronounce this sound, the front of the tongue is raised half way towards the roof of the mouth and is further forward than when we are making the soind /i/. in this case, the sides of the tongue touch the upper teeth lghtly. The tip of the tongue touches the lower front teeth. The mouth is a little more open than for /i:/ and /i/. this sounds is pronounced as in the words below and is a short vowel.

men       head      dead

bet         let           net

set          jet          pet

peg        egg         beg

This vowels occurs mostly as “e”;-and “ea” in spelling.wel No. 4:/æ/

In producing this sound, the mouth is lightly more open than for /a/, while the tongue is slightly lower. The tip of the tongue touches the lower front teeth with the back of the tongue touching then upper back teeth. The lips here are spread and this sound is realized as a front vowel.

It occurs in the words below and is a short vowel.

Sad         fad         lad

rap         nap        pap

slat         gnat       flat

fag          lag          rag

/æ/ is mostly spelt as “a” and as “ai” in the words plaid and plaint.

 

Vowel No. 5:/a:/

To pronounce this  pure vowels sound, the mouth should be fully opened and the tongue left to rest against the lower teeth. The front part of the tomgue shpuld lie almost flat in the mouth while the back part is pulled backwards. The lips here are kept in a neutral position, being neither rounder nor spread. The sound occurs in the words below and is a long vowel.

sharp     cart        chaff

arm        harm     calm

yard       heart     chart

hard       card       lard

This vowels is spelt in various ways, but most often as “ar” and “al”.

 

To be continued

 

 

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