Most vowel pairs make a long vowel sound.  Therefore,
when you see two vowels together you can assume the
sound is long.  The vowel that goes first is normally the
sound.  For example:

Boat – The “o” is first, so the vowel sound is a long “o”

To remember this pattern, you can use this famous phrase:

“When two vowels go walking, the first one does the
talking.”


Vowel Pairs with 1 Sound

AY

Vowel Sound: Long A   

  • Play, stay, way, May, always, pay, spray


EE

Vowel Sound: Long E   

  • Seen, been, keep, meet, sleep, sheep,


OA

Vowel Sound: Long O   

  • Coach, foam, throat, coat


AI

Vowel Sound: Long A   

  • Pain, stain, pail, snail, wait



Vowel Pairs with Multiple Sounds

EA

Vowel Sounds        
  • Short E (Head)   
  • Long E (Speak)
  • Long A (Steak)             







IE

Vowel Sounds
  • Long E (Believe)
  • Long I (lie)







OO

Moon vs. book










OU

Out vs. You vs. Though
Short E
Long E
Long A
Steady
Beard
Pear
Bread
Leave
Bear
Breakfast
Peach
Great
Long E
Long I
Niece
Cried
Chief
Flies
Shield
Replied
Moon
Book
Soon
Look
Mood
Good
Fool
Foot
Raccoon
Shook
Out
You
Though
House
Tour
Course
South
Wound
Shoulder
Would you like to practice more pronunciation?  Try the
links below:

Vowel Pairs
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Vowel Pairs

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Vowel pairs are two vowels
together.  For example, EA, IE, or
OO.

These vowel pairs make special
sounds when they are together.  
They can be difficult to
pronounce, vut with practice you
can use them correctly.

The lesson below shows you
how to use vowel pairs in English.