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Saturday, 18 October 2014

What Are Vowels and Consonants (with Examples)

What Are Vowels?
The letters A, E, I, O, and U are the called vowels. The other letters in the alphabet are called consonants.

A vowel is classified as a speech sound produced by a comparatively open configuration of the vocal tract, with vibration of the vocal cords but without audible friction.
 

A vowel
 sound (but not necessarily a vowel in the actual spelling) will be present in a syllable.

Click to see the vowels in this sentence:
Thquick brown fox jumped over thlazy dog. 

What Are Consonants? (with Examples)

All the letters in the alphabet apart from A, E, I, O, and U (called vowels) are known as consonants.

Interactive example:
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. 


A consonant is a letter of the alphabet which represents a basic speech sound produced by obstructing the breath in the vocal tract. For example:
·         T is pronounced using the tongue (front part)
·         K is pronounced using the tongue (back part)
·         B is pronounced with the lips
·         H is pronounced in the throat
·         F is pronounced by forcing air through a narrow gap
·         M is pronounced using the nasal passage
A consonant can be combined with a vowel to form a syllable. 

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