|Move your mouse over the phonetic symbols and examples to listen to the pronunciation. Click on the video links to watch the explanations.|
|tea||seat bean cheek sheep teen||TEA||ee / ea|
|ship||sit bin chick lip tin||SHIP||i|
|bell||set neck ten fell men||BELL||e|
|cat||sat ban lack pan hat||CAT||a|
|hut||cut bun luck much cup||HUT||u|
|car||cart barn cast march part||CAR||ar|
|sock||cot lock posh fox cod||SOCK||o|
|fork||caught port forks cord born||FORK||or / au / aw|
|cook||pull could put look foot||COOK||oo / (u)|
|boot||fool Luke soon brute mood||BOOT||oo / (u)|
|girl||bird turn perch shirt learn||GIRL||er / ir / ur|
|schwa||Barbara Photograph a house the sun station||SCHWA||any vowel or vowel combination|
Note about length for speakers whose language doesn't make a difference between short and long vowels:
In English, vowels may be short or long. The phonetic symbols followed by colon (:) are long vowels.
Short vowels are very short, and long vowels usually take more than double the time to pronounce. All the English vowels sound different, but if you pronounce them with a foreign accent some of them may be confused; respecting the short-long difference will help natives to understand you. If you practise reading using ®Motion Phonics make sure your motions are short or long to match the length of vowels, that will help you to master the time difference until it comes naturally to you.