SOUNDS OF TWO

  VOWELS TOGETHER

 IN ENGLISH

   

AA to UU

 

 

  

In English when we have two vowels together they normally produce only one sound. Most of these combinations have more than one version of sound and each version is shown by number: 1) 2) etcetera. The combination 'IE', for example, produces five different versions.

You will not learn all the various sounds in a week or two, but you will learn through practice and observation as native speakers do.

Sometimes they produce two sounds, like chaos (ko-os), society (sos-ai-ete) or riot (rai-ot), but these are not common.

This lesson shows all the possible combinations of vowels in sequence from

 AA to UU.

It also shows the phonetic (sound) in blue and some examples of words in the English language that demonstrate this sound.

To keep the list short I have simplified some sounds. For example, I don’t mention diphthongs because I don’t think these will help you learn English as a second language.

In all these cases where there is only one sound, you should make the sound longer. The double vowel tells us that the sound is not short.

 

The vowels together AA  
The sound
a of Aston Villa or Arsenal
For example kraal, aardvark

 

The vowels together AE  
The sound a of USA
For example aerial, aerospace, Gaelic

 

The vowels together AI  
The sound a of USA
For example sail, pail, jail, tail, hail

 

The vowels together AO  
The sound a of USA + o of Totn.
For example chaos (kei-os)

 

The vowels together AU
 
The sound o of Tottenham
For example because, Paul, author, haul

 

The vowels together EA
 
1) The sound
ee as in Leeds or Sri Lanka

For example

each, teach, ear, peach
2). The sound
e of Everton or penalty
For example head, lead (the metal) learn

 

3) The sound
a of Arsenal
For example heart

 

The vowels together EE
 
The sound ee of Leeds or Sri Lanka
For example seek, speed, need

 

The vowelstogether EI  
1). The sound
ee of Leeds or Sri Lanka
For example
either, neither (USA), deceit

 

 

2). The sound
a of USA
For example eight, their, weigh

 

3). The sound
ai of Mumbai, Shanghai
For example eiderdown, either, neither (Brit)

 

The vowels together EO  
1). The sound ee of Leeds + o de olla
For example ne-on, the-ory

 

The vowels together EU
 
The sound ee of Leeds + oo of Liverpool
For example Europe, euro

 

The vowels together IA  
1). The sound
ai of Mumbai + a Arsenal
For example li-ar, bri-ar, fri-ar (2 sounds)

 

2). The sound
i of. India + a of USA
For example(2 sounds)
radi-ate, humili-ate, affili-ate

 

The vowels together IE  
1). The sound ee of Leeds or Sri Lanka
For example tier, relieve, niece

 

2). The sound
ai of Mumbai
For example flies, skies, tries

 

3). The sound
ei of USA
For example studies, worries

 

4). The sound
e of Everton
For example friend

 

5). The sound
ai of Mumbai+ e of Everton
For example

science, client, society, variety (2 sounds)

 

The vowels together II  
The sound
ee of Leeds + i of India
For example skiing (ski-ing)

 

The vowels together IO
 
1). The sound
i of India + o of Totn.
For example menti-on, questi-on

 

See: tu, tio and tia in English
 
   
2). The sound
ai of Mumbai+ o of Totn.
For example ri-ot

  

The vowels together IU
 
The sound
ee of Leeds + oo of Liverpool
For example geni-us, radi-us

 

The vowels together OA  
1). The sound
o of Ohio or Tokyo
For example toast, approach, coach

 

2). The sound
o Ohio or Tokyo + a of Arsenal
For example (2 sounds)
o-ar, ro-ar

 

The vowels together OE  
1). The sound oo of Liverpool
For example shoe
2). The sound
o of Ohio or Tokyo

 

3). The sound
ee of Leeds
For example Oedipus, foetus

 

4). The sound
a of Arsenal
For example does (from verb ‘to do’).

 

The vowels together OI
 
The sound oi of Hanoi, Illinois
For example oil, spoil, point

 

The vowels together OO  
1). The sound oo of Liverpool
For example cool, tooth, foot

 

2). The sound
a of Arsenal
For example blood, flood

 

The vowels together OU

1). The sound
au of Saudi Arabia
For example out, shout, county (not country)

 

2). The sound
a of Arsenal
For example country (not county)

 

3). The sound
o of Tottenham
For example bought, thought

 

4). The sound
oo of Liverpool
For example soup, could, should

 

5). The sound
o of Ohio or Tokyo
For example course, court, poultry

 

The vowels together UA  
The sound a of Arsenal
For example guard

  

The vowels together UE
 
1). The sound oo of Liverpool
For example blue, glue, true

 

2) The sound
e of Everton
For example guess, question, guest

3). AlsoUE can be silent. For example:

league (leeg), colleague (koleeg), tongue (tong), vague (vag – a of USA), fatigue (fateeg).

  

The vowels together UI  
1). The sound i of India or Tibet
For example build, guild

 

2). The sound
oo of Liverpool
For example fruit, suit

 

3). The sound
ai of Mumbai
For example guide, guidance, disguise

  

The vowels together UO
 
The sound
oo of Liverpool + o of Ohio
For example fluoride (floo-oraid

  

The vowels together UU  
The sound
i of India, oo of Liverpool
For example vacuum (2 sounds -vakium)

 

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