Table of Vowels

To make the material in this textbook clear and understandable we have included two tables of vowels which contain all the vowels that will be taught and discussed in this textbook. It shows individual vowels with their symbols and their pronunciation. Since the pronounciation of some vowels can be different even within the English language, the table also includes audio-examples. We have chosen those pronunciations which are best suited to our teaching purposes (i.e. the British pronunciation, or in some cases Italian words that have a much clearer and open vowel AH.
We will work with a short and a long version of the vowels. To make the notation simple, we use the same symbol for both short and long vowels, but differentiate the long vowel with a horizontal line above the symbol (example: short: AH - long: AH ).

Vowel

IPA Symbol

Examples

 

ĀH (long)

ɑ:

Father, Large D012

Italian AH – la madre, cara, gettare D013

AH (short)

ʌ

Cup, Mum D014

Italian la mamma, il gallo, il papà D015

 


 

 

EH middle

e

Set, Bed D016

 

ĒH open

Ɛ:

Air, Fair D017

British Pronunciation (without the final r)

 


 

 

ĒE (long)

i:

See, Heat D018

 

EE (short)

ɪ

Sit, Hit D019

 

 


 

 

ŌH (long)

ɔ:

Tall, Call D020

British Pronunciation

OH (short)

ɒ

Hot, Rock D021

British Pronunciation

 


 

 

ŌO (long)

u:

Blue, Food D022

 

 


 

 

ÖÖ (long)

ɜ:

Turn, Learn, Bird D023

British Pronounciation

Ö (short)

ə

Away, Never D024

British Pronounciation

 


 

 

OW

Now, Out D025

BOW-WOW-WOW

OAH

Toe, Go D026

 

 

Table of Vowels 2 T3

contains several vowels that are not used in the English language. I recommend to learn these too, since they are an important part of this textbook and their knowledge will allow you to sing in other main European languages besides English(for example Italian, French, German).

ĒH closed

 

Italian pera, mente, nero D027

ŌH closed

 

 

Italian Voi, colto, Loro, marito D028

Ü

 

Natürlich, Über,

barreled OO-EE

Set the mouth and palatal arch for the

vowel OO, while singing the vowel EE, D029