Short English Vowels

We’ve dedicated a whole section to pronouncing English short vowels. Why? So you can build on your current knowledge of English and take some time to practice each sound.

Many languages contain the same or similar short vowel sounds to English and to demonstrate we have included a short table of the same sound used within other languages.

You can also view phonics information within the Phonetic Inventory.

Remember, all the spellings that represent sounds are explained more in our English Spelling tutorials

Short vowels in English are called “short monophthongs”. These vowels do not change their quality during the course of the spoken vowel, you only hear one vowel sound.

Browse through Short Vowels

The seven short vowels in English can be found in the table below, also found at our English Sounds page or choose one of our more detailed tutorials.


Short Vowel Tutorials

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