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Hi, I am Georgiana, founder of And I've been helping you speak English since 2011. My mission is to help you speak English fluently.I help people develop their fluency in English using effective and proven techniques, such as mini-story and point-of-view techniques. I am als… read more


#156 How to pronounce vowels in American English? ESL

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of My mission is to help you speak English fluently.

Today we will talk about how to pronounce vowels in English. And with a fun point of view story you will improve your grammar.

The truth is that vowels in English always represent a particular difficulty for many students.

But don't worry because there is a self-evident reason why this happens.

It turns out that in English, we have six vowel letters represented by the letters a, e, i, o, and u and fifteen vowel sounds

Fifteen vowel sounds

Yes. You see that's the real problem. 

In English, we don't read vowels as they are written, simply because the same vowel letter can be pronounced in different ways.

For example, we can pronounce vowel A in seven different ways.

Amazing, right?

We divide vowel sounds into three different categories:

Long vowels (we pronounce the long vowels the same as the letter.)

These are the long vowel sounds in American English: 

A /eɪ/, E /i/, I /ɑɪ/, O /oʊ/, U /yu/.


Steak   / stk /

Sleep  / slip / 

Bike    / bk /

Home / hm /

Cute  / kyut /


Short vowels (have the most common sound for a single vowel spelling.)


  cat /kæt/

 bed /bɛd/ 

   sit /sɪt/
top /tɑp/

sun /sʌn/


Other vowels (the remaining vowel sounds)

     other u /ʊ/              Put /pʊt/

oo sound /u/           soo/sun/

aw sound /ɔ/           do/dɔg/

oi sound /ɔɪ/           joi/ʤɔɪn/

ow sound //.   down /dn/


Ok, let’s continue.

I want to talk about the schwa (ə) sound.

What is Schwa?

The Schwa sound - is the most common vowel in English. 

We find this sound in almost all words with more than a syllable.


Doctor, about, the, center.

Schwa (ə) replaces any vowel in English if the vowel is unstressed. 

It also appears in words consisting of only one syllable: a, theof.


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