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Guidelines For One Letter Words (V)
Guideline #1:One Letter Words Are Pronounced As Long Vowels…Just Like The Letter Of The Alphabet
• U (internet)
Guidelines For Two Letter Words (V)
Guideline #2If A Vowel Is The Final Letter In A Short Word…It’s Pronounced As A Long Vowel. (CV)
Guideline #3If It Comes At The Beginning It’s Probably Pronounced As A Short Vowel. (VC)
Guidelines For Three Letter Words (V)
Guideline #4A Vowel Followed by a Single Consonant at the End of a Word Is Pronounced as a Short Vowel (CVC)• Bat • Cab• Pit• Cup• Bus• Bed• Hem• Got• Wet
Guideline #5If The Word Ends With A Vowel, It’s Probably Pronounced As A Long Vowel (VCV Or CCV)
Guidelines For Four Letter Words (V)
Guideline #6The Magic E: If an E Appears at the End of a Word, It Is Silent. The Preceding Vowel (Separated from the E by One or More Consonants) Will Be Pronounced as a Long Vowel CVCe
Guideline #7A Vowel Followed by Two Consonants at the End of a Word Is Pronounced as a Short Vowel
• Back• Lass• Mess• Pick• Kiss• Rock• Luck• Much
There are a few exceptions in words like
Guideline #7If Two Vowels Appear Next To Each Other In One Syllable, The Second Vowel Is Silent. The First Vowel Is Pronounced As A Long Vowel (CVVC)
• Main• Rain• Leaf• Feed• Boat• Load• True • Blue
However, you have to be careful with this one…because when you start mixing vowels they can produce other sounds.
• Ei as in neighbor
• OU as in Bough, Though, Enough
Common• Hey Boss! I want to give you a message.
• Hey Boss! I want to give you a massage.
• She gave me keys
• She gave me kisses