Short Vowel Sounds

Short vowels are a group of single positioned (monophthong) sounds that are characterised by generally being shorter in length than long vowel sounds and diphthong vowel sounds. Standard English has 6 short vowel phonemes:

Short Vowel Spellings

Common spellings for each short vowel sound are underlined below:

/ɪ/ fit, English, mystery
/ʊ/ push, hood, could
/ɛ/ red, breath, many
/ʌ/ cut, come, enough
/a/ hat
/ɒ/ lost, watch, Australia

Learn English IPA (44 sounds)

Use the interactive IPA chart and practice activities to master the sounds of English. 

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