David and I discuss five of the 11 vowels of American English, and go over the various ways each sound can be spelled. This leads to discussions of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and spelling bees (David won his school spelling bee!). The idioms ‘rule of thumb’ and ‘off the top of my head’ come up in conversation. Vowels covered: AH [ɑ], AW [ɔ], AA [æ], EE [i], IH [ɪ].
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- What is the definition of a vowel?
- Letters vs. sounds (a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y)
- Idiom rule of thumb and off the top of your head
- The AH as in FATHER [ɑ] vowel
- The AW as in LAW [ɔ] vowel
- IPA symbols (International Phonetic Alphabet)
- The AA as in BAT [æ] Vowel
- The EE as in SHE [i] Vowel
- Spelling and spelling bees (documentary on spelling bee in America)
- The IH as in SIT [ɪ] Vowel