June 18, 2019

M. J. Maddox, PhD
is the American English Doctor.
 
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a, e, i, o, u

a, e, i, o, u: five letters, 14 sounds

Aa
short a, as in mat
long a, as in ape
third sound of a (broad a), as in father

Ee
short e, as in egg
long e, as in me

Ii
short i, as in if
long i, as in Idaho
long e, as in boutique

When teaching the letter i to your child, teach the three most common sounds in the order given here.
The letter y is sometimes used as an alternate spelling of the sounds represented by i: myth, my, happy

Oo
short o, as in hot
long o, as in Oprah
third sound of o, as in boot

Uu
short u, as in but
long u, as in uke
third sound of u, as in put