English pronunciation rules and function of vowels
In this lesson , you will learn about English pronunciation rules and function of vowels.
English Vowels pronunciation is very important to understand. Vowel in English are very different in pronunciation.
Native people also make mistakes in English pronunciation. Some times there is no specific rule in English pronunciation, vowels and consonants plays a vital role in pronunciation. Read and practice the following.
English Pronunciation Rules:
- Every syllable in a word has one and only one vowel sound.
- The stress in a word is placed on different syllables depending on the word.
- In English, there are two types of sounds: consonants and vowels. Consonants are produced when air is partially or completely blocked in the vocal tract. Vowels are produced when air flows freely through the vocal tract.
Function of Vowels:
- They form the nucleus of a syllable and are the most important part of a syllable.
- They help to differentiate between words that sound similar, such as “beat” and “bit”.
- They help to indicate stress in a word. Stressed vowels are pronounced longer and louder than unstressed vowels.
- They help to determine the overall sound and tone of a word or sentence.
- Every word has at least one vowel sound.
- The stress in the word “photograph” is on the second syllable.
- The consonant sound in the word “cat” is produced by partially blocking the flow of air in the vocal tract.
- The vowel sound in the word “beet” is different from the vowel sound in the word “bit”.
- The stressed vowel in the word “banana” is pronounced longer and louder than the unstressed vowels.
- The vowel sounds in a sentence can convey emotions, such as excitement or sadness. For example, “Yay!” and “Aww.” have different vowel sounds that convey different emotions.