PRONUNCIATION – NON-SHORT, NON-LONG VOWEL SOUNDS

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! Long and short vowels cover many vowel sounds in English...but not all of them! There are many more vowel sounds that Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online acknowledges. Let's explore some of them. The short o sounds If you studied phonics in grade school, you may remember the short o, as in the word lot. (It looked like this: ŏ.) Merriam Webster actually splits this sound into two distinct sounds. Though these sounds are still quite similar, it is good to…

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PRONUNCIATION – THE LONG AND SHORT VOWELS

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! To be an expert speller, you must learn the language of spelling. And this includes a number of different things. But learning pronunciation is key. The number of spellers who have misspelled a word in competition because they learned the wrong pronunciation is legion. Don't become one of them! Let's learn correct pronunciation - and how to read diacritics - starting with long and short vowels. Since Merriam Webster Unabridged Online is the official source for words, we…

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