Lesson 90: SPELLING AND SPEAKING


CONSONANTS and VOWELS in speaking:

When you put one part of the mouth on or near another part of the mouth, you are making a consonant sound. When you do not do this, you are making a vowel sound.


CONSONANTS and VOWELS in spelling:

  • the letters a e i o always show a vowel sound (or part of it).

  • the letter u usually shows a vowel sound (or part of it) - under, sound - but, at the beginning of a word, it can sometimes show a consonant sound - use, university.

  • the letters w and y show a consonant sound at the beginning of a word - with, young - but a vowel sound at the end - grow, happy.

  • the other letters in the alphabets are always consonants.

STRESS:

In every word with more than one part, one part of the word usually sounds stronger than the other part. This strong part is called stress:

before, manage, enter, develop, prefer


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