An introduction to vowels and consonants

The English alphabet is made up of 26 letters. These letters can be separated into two groups of sounds called vowels and consonants.


a e i o u


All 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

How many vowels and consonants can you spot in the following words?

Type your answer as a number.

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Type the number
of vowels:

Type the number
of consonants:

cat cat
rabbit rabbit
tiger tiger
elephant elephant
lion lion
frog frog
rhinoceros rhinoceros

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