English vowel sounds

English vowel sounds

British English vowel sounds

We explain the 20 British English vowel sounds in videos (Lessons 1-5) and give examples of spelling and quizzes as part of our English pronunciation sounds course.

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(1) English vowel sounds: iː ɪ ʊ uː

You can watch, listen and repeat each vowel sound (iː ɪ ʊ uː) and the examples.

Spellings: iː ɪ ʊ uː

Here are spelling examples for each vowel sound (iː ɪ ʊ uː).

be, see, beach, ski, city
ɪ big, busy, England, been, myth
ʊ full, look, woman
who, food, music, you, new

Quiz: iː ɪ ʊ uː

Choose the vowel sound (iː ɪ ʊ uː)  that we have underlined in each word.

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(2) English vowel sounds: e ə ɜː ɔː

You can watch, listen and repeat each vowel sound (e ə ɜː ɔː) and the examples.

Spellings: e ə ɜː ɔː

Here are spelling examples for each vowel sound (e ə ɜː ɔː).

e egg, head, any, friend, said
ə the, brother, doctor, populararrive
ɜː person, nurse, bird, work, earth
ɔː for, door, saw, walk, warm

Quiz: e ə ɜː ɔː

Choose the vowel sound (e ə ɜː ɔː) that we have underlined in each word.

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(3) English vowel sounds: æ ʌ aː ɒ

You can watch, listen and repeat each vowel sound (æ ʌ aː ɒ) and the examples.

Spellings: æ ʌ aː ɒ

Here are spelling examples for each vowel sound (æ ʌ aː ɒ).

æ apple
ʌ sun, money, does, touch, flood
car, father, are, aunt, heart
ɒ dog, watch, because, cough

Quiz: æ ʌ aː ɒ

Choose the vowel sound (æ ʌ aː ɒ) that we have underlined in each word.

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(4) English vowel sounds: ɪə eɪ ʊə ɔɪ

You can watch, listen and repeat each vowel sound (ɪə eɪ ʊə ɔɪ) and the examples.

Spellings: ɪə eɪ ʊə ɔɪ

Here are spelling examples for each vowel sound (ɪə eɪ ʊə ɔɪ).

ɪə ear, beer, here, idea
cake, day, train, great, they
ʊə tour, Europe, cure
ɔɪ boy, voice

Quiz: ɪə eɪ ʊə ɔɪ

Choose the vowel sound (ɪə eɪ ʊə ɔɪ) that we have underlined in each word.

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(5) English vowel sounds: əʊ eə aɪ aʊ

You can watch, listen and repeat each vowel sound (əʊ eə aɪ aʊ) and the examples.

Spellings: əʊ eə aɪ aʊ

Here are spelling examples for each vowel sound (əʊ eə aɪ aʊ).

əʊ open, coat, grow, although, toe
hair, share, bear, their, there
time, fly, high, pie, eye
now, house

Quiz: əʊ eə aɪ aʊ

Choose the vowel sound (əʊ eə aɪ aʊ) that we have underlined in each word.

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