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The Speech Sounds

Prepared by:
Ms. Aechelle Aiza P. Dumuk
Language Instructor
Vocalizing the Vowel Sounds

beet, bit, bait, bet, bat, bot, bought, boat, book, boom

key, kit, Kate, Ken, cat, cot, caught, coat, cook, cool

The High Front Vowel [i]

Initial

eat, era, eon, Eve, eve, east, Easter, ease, easel, eagle, eaves, eerie, Eden, Egypt,
egret, equal, Ethiopia, Aeneas, Aeneid, evil, ego, Edith, ecology, Aesop

Medial

teen, keen, lean, meat, seen, peak, weed, deed, dean, peace, Caesar, decoy, Creole,
plead, beach, thesis, penalize, Phoebe, teacher, Phoenix, secret, senior, sequence, tweet
The High Front Vowel [i]

Final
tee, pea, see, she, he, me, bee, key, knee, plea, degree, esprit, ski, flee, fee, three

Phrases
peaceful Ester Eve

sea

eerie sound of the

Ethiopia in the East


Africa

flee to be free

agree on the fee

The Lower High Front Vowel [I]

Initial

it, is, ill, if, inn, itch, Italy, igloo, image, ear, income, English, insert, ignore, emulsion,
equestrian, England, endow, elusive, idiom

Medial

tin, kin, bill, lick, list, flint, mist, fist, quilt, fill, since, him, Kim, sin, miss, pick, with,
did, tick, fish, grill, sill, lid, circuit, shrill, wish, strip, simple, kid, pitch, scissors, pickle,
women

Final

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, sundae, country,


finale, daily, safari, dairy, daisy, baloney

Phrases

deeply miss him

country dairy farm

lid in the circuit

business women

Sunday in Italy

The Higher Mid Front Vowel [e]

Initial

A, aim, ape, apex, ate, eight, ale, aide, Abe, Abraham, ace, acre, Asia, able, agency,
aorta, anal, ancient, April, angel, atheism, agent, aviary, Avon, Amy, eighteen, aphid,
amiable

Medial

make, mail, babe, wade, phase, pane, fake, sake, tapestry, paste, pave, rabies,
savory, station, quail, mesdames, peignoir, Plato, wake, taste, waist, straight, mayonnaise,
peso, quasi

Final

may, lay, hay, bay, say, day, Kay, sleigh, pay ray, replay, fillet, bouquet, parquet,
ballet, tete-a-tete, fiancee, resume, entree, attache, survey

Phrases
alien with an alias

neighbors from Asia

an ace skater

prepared resume

take the bouquet


The Lower Mid Front Vowel []

Initial

elm, Egg, Ed, end, ever, any, echo, Ellen, anymore, exile, embryo, essence, ethnic,
eloquent, edit, Ethel, epic, Aeschylus

Medial

ten, wed, den, deck, net, sell, debt, ghetto, whether, said, says, treasure, friend,
French, peg, pheasant, send, sense, deaf, thread, gender, wealth, best, meant, weapon, tent

Phrases
any questions

French exile

estranged couple

deadly weapons

best friends

essay test

aesthetic weather

etched in metal

family crest

The Low Front Vowel []

Initial

at, ax, am, ant, aunt, act, add, ass, Al, Alice, Anthony, Andrew, Adam, Arab, acne,
aloe, atom, avid, anklet, anguish, accent, Afro, amethyst, answer, anchor, alpha, attitude,
apple

Medial

cat, sat, patch, last, bath, tamper, carol, splash, babble, canyon, talent, salad, Math,
man, carrot, sandwich, class, tangle, saddle, bachelor, Amanda, Catherine, handle, tabulate

Phrases
class champ
hanging

satin

action
adventure

tassels

and

valid answer

Adams apple
ham sandwich and
salmon salad

last batch

ask for amnesty

bachelors valet

The Low Front Vowel [a]

Initial

are, arent, arc, alms, arm, army, almond, a capella, artist, arcade, archaic,
archipelago, a la king, a la mode, article, archery, arsenal

Medial

car, tar, bar, karma, star, parlance, partisan, carbon, carbohydrate, garter, carton,
garment, barter, blanche, pasta, shark, park, barn, dark, farm, March, darn, mark

Final
spa, aha, hurrah, bourgeois, baccarat, schwa

The Higher Low Front Vowel []

Initial

awe, all, often, aural, auld, aura, orient, origin, author, August, auburn, auction,
Oscar, autism, autocrat, Australia, Aurora, authentic, ordeal, ornament, orchid, orthodox,
organ, autocrat

Medial

wall, lawn, dawn, Paul, caught, boss, loss, water, warrior, waltz, flora, fauna, stall,
Walter, pauper, sausage, sauce, hawk, mauve, daughter, faucet, porridge, sauna, pawn

Final
law, paw, caw, saw, yaw, raw, jaw, flaw, draw, gnaw, claw, coleslaw, Shaw

Phrases
caught the fawn
flora and fauna

water
faucet

from

the

office of the boss


saw the flaw

The Mid Back Round Vowel [O]

Initial

oh, owe, ode, old, oak, oaf, own, omen, only, over, opium, oath, oar, overnight,
owner, opus

Medial

bone, tone, rose, boat, toad, loathe, local, polar, Rome, Homer, molar, Seoul, toast,
bold, gold, dole, lobe, wont, total, loner, loafer, mold, mocha, soap, coat, coal, roach, hole,
whole

Final

toe, hoe, flow, go, sew, widow, volcano, tomato, ego, ago, Joe, solo, patio, stow,
throw, row, dough, woe, chello, window, hollow, aloe

Phrases
ode to romance

holy scroll

local rodeo

old oak tree

rolled oats

The Lower High Back []

Initial
oops, oomph

Medial

took, cook, wood, hood, hoof, good, could, couldnt, pudding, rural, bull, juror, bully,
poor, push, gourmet, sugar, surety, bush, would

Phrases
pull the wool rug

tourist bulletin

a gourmet and a
cook

by

hook

or

crook
put the hood in a

by

sugar
pudding

in

in

a dour look
shouldnt push

place
The High Back Round Vowel []

Initial
ooze, oozy, oodles, oolong, umiak

Medial

pool, fool, roof, drool, cruel, spoon, swoon, room, boom, troupe, mood, Ruth, Tuesday,
Luke, crucial,

Final

you, too, to, hue, cue, who, zoo, boo, shoe, true, dew, blue, chew, view, to-do, canoe,
coup, shrew, flue, glue, lieu, crew, new, cuckoo

Phrases
brand new
seater coup

two-

crew

youthful

cabin

shoo the rooster


new route

moonlight cruise
The
[] (stressed)

Mid

Central

Vowel

Initial
us, up, upset, umpire, ulcer, ugly, umbra, upright

muscle

Medial
cut, hut, nut, bud, mud, hum, rug, jug, blush, Sunday, summer, funny, function,

The
[] (unstressed)

Mid

Central

Vowel

Initial

aloof, obtain, allege, allure, along, oblige, ahead, occur, obtuse, aloud, appease,
among, amuse

Medial
madam, subsist, consist, consign, constrict, police, polite, consult, jewel, confess

The
[] (stressed)

Mid

Central

Vowel

Initial
urn, earl, earth irk, earnest, urchin, urgent

churn

Medial
birth, term, burn, third, curry, hurry, current, turmoil, surge, mirth, Turk, pearl, turnip,

The
[] (unstressed)

Mid

Central

Vowel

Initial
percale, perceive, perhaps, percent, per, Bermuda, certificate, percentage

Medial
player, worker, earner, merger, richer, greater, baker, maker, later, collar, neighbor,

paper

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