The beauty of vowels – Online English Lessons

A vowel is:

a) a speech sound that is made with the breath channel or vocal tract open, or without any audible friction.

b) a letter of the alphabet that represents any of these speech sounds.

The English vowel letters are Aa Ee Ii Oo Uu

The letter Y is traditionally counted as a consonant, but can be classed as both a consonant and a vowel.

For example:

In ‘hymn’ the letter Y is a vowel sound with the breath channel open.

In ‘yellow’ the letter Y is a consonant sound with the flow of air stopped in the mouth.

Vowels by Studiocanoe is a short film about vowels and vowel sounds based on a sound recording taken from the 1945 Linguaphone recording English Pronunciation: a practical handbook for the foreign learner (standard British / UK English).

I think it’s rather beautiful – what do you think?

Vowels from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

(I first saw this video on Brain Pickings so thank you to them)