common ways we pronounce vowels

Would you believe me if I told you there is only one way of pronouncing each vowel? Didn’t think so! Vowels are difficult, even us natives have trouble pronouncing them. There are many different vowel sounds for each vowel.

I’ve pulled together some hot tips for you to browse through. Firstly, let’s take a look at some of the most common ways we pronounce each vowel.

vowel pronunciation
vowel pronunciation
vowel pronunciation
vowel pronunciation

rules for pronouncing syllables

There are some rules you can learn which tell you how a word/syllable should be pronounced.

rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels
rules for pronouncing vowels

pronouncing ‘i’ and ‘e’

‘e’ and ‘i’ can be pronounced in many ways. It can be hard to decide how they should be pronounced. Scroll through the slides below and practice saying the words.

‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation
‘e’ and ‘i’ pronunciation

pronouncing ‘u’

Check out this nice little tip for pronouncing ‘u’.

'u' pronunciation

‘a’ ‘o’ and ‘u’ pronunciation practice

Sometimes, there is only a subtle difference between the vowel sounds. It is important to be able to distinguish between them as similar words exist in English. Read out the table below, you can use my mouth pictures as a guide.

the a vs o vs u sound
the a vs o vs u sound

Teaching pronunciation can be hard when you can’t hear or see mouth movements. I suggest trying one of these courses to really get those vowels in order.