An introduction to vowels and consonants

If I am trying to spell a word I have not seen before, one of the most important clues I have is the sound of the word. The separate sounds that go together to form a word are called

vowels and consonants

Every word contains at least one vowel sound. In English the vowels are:

a e i o u

The other letters are consonants:

b c d f g h j k l m n p q r s t v w x y z

If you would like help in identifying vowels and consonants,
try this exercise.

Count the vowels and consonants in each word.
Type your answer as a number e.g. 2
The first one has been done for you.


Word


Type the number of vowels


Type the number of consonants

cat
rabbit
tiger
elephant
lion
frog
rhinoceros


 

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