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Pronunciation:  4.3. The Vowel Sounds // and /e/

 

Table of contents

1. The vowel sound //

2. Spelling rules for the // sound

3. The vowel sound /e/

4. Spelling rules for the /e/ sound

5. Glossary

“Be able to correctly pronounce

the words you would like to

speak and have excellent spoken

grammar.” - Marilyn vos Savant

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1. The vowel sound //

It’s a long vowel sound. Listen and repeat these examples:

 

key

pea

scene

feet

eat

meat

keep

piece

seat

.

2. Spelling rules for the vowel sound //

Important for listening:

When there is an /i:/ sound before the letter “r” at the end of a word, many speakers add the vowel /ə/ and do not pronounce the /r/. Compare the vowels in these words: knee – near, pea – pier, he – hear. Many dictionaries give this vowel before “r” as /iə/.

 

Frequently

Sometimes

Notes

e_e

ee

ea

scene

bee

grey

e

ie

 

me

piece

Many other vowel sound are spelt ea, though /i:/ is the most common.

         

      

5. Example for the vowel sound //:

“Steve keeps the cheese in the freezer.”

(Steve mantiene el queso en la nevera.)

3. The vowel sound /e/

It’s a short vowel sound. Listen and repeat these examples:

 

test

friend

check

death

said

shelf

red

many

leg

 

4. Spelling rules for the sound /e/

Frequently

Sometimes

Notes

e

men

ea

ie

a

ai

death

friend

many

said

 

If “e” is followed by “r”, the vowel is not /e/, but /ɜː(r)/ for example in serve.

         

6. Example for the vowel sound /e/:

“It’s best to rest, said the vet to the pet.”

(Es mayor descansar, dijo el veterinario de mascota.)

7. Glossary

V: = Vowel

C: = Consonant

PHS = Phonemic Symbol

UC = Uppercase

LC = Lowercase

 

consonant sound = sonido consonante

vowel sound = sonido vocal

there is = hay (Sg.)

there are = hay (Pl.)

for example = por ejemplo

duck = pato

this = esto

letter = carta

to play = jugar, tocar

if = si

to find = encontrar

might = podría (verbo modal, auxiliary)

cartoon = dibujos animados

to repeat = repetir

first = primero

final = final

to call = llamar(se)

to consist = consistir

different = diferente

 

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