– Match the transcriptions with the pictures:

– Which vowel spelling is found in each word: a, e, i, o or u?

Answers & Audio

/kat/ – CAT
/wɑsp/ – WASP
/bɔːl/ – BALL
/ˈkɒtɪdʒ/ – COTTAGE
/kɑː/ – CAR

Each word has the letter ‘a’ in it. 

 

English has 5 vowel letters <a,e,i,o,u> to spell its
20 vowel sounds.
Most vowel sounds can be predicted from spelling, though there are many exceptions.
 

– Listen and decide which word has a different vowel sound in each line:

Answers

1. cool /uː/ (the others are pronounced with /ʊ/)
2. put /
ʊ/ (the others are pronounced with /ʌ/)
3. north /ɔː/ (the others are pronounced with /əː/)
4. bother /ɒ/ (the others are pronounced with /əʊ/)
5. earn /əː/ (the others are pronounced with /ɛː/)
6. brown /aʊ/ (the others are pronounced with /əʊ/)
7. ear /ɪə/ (the others are pronounced with /ɛː/)
8. taken /ə/ (the others are pronounced with /ɪ/)
9. promise /
ɒ/ (the others are pronounced with /ə/)
10. war /ɔː/ (the others are pronounced with /ɑː/)
11. tough /ʌ/ (the others are pronounced with /ɒ/)


 

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