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”

“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

shoulder, youth, soup, mountain, sour, house, shout, group,
ground, course, south, couch, count, wound, tourist, about


  
  
  
  
  
  

OW

Cow vs. Snow
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
Cow
Show
Shower
Throw
Tower
Know
Now
Below
Towel
Grow

Vowel Pairs

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