The vowel sounds of the English language are tabulated as follows by Mr. Pitman, the great authority on phonetics :--
|1||The vowel-sound in the word||half|
|2||The vowel-sound in the word||pay|
|3||The vowel-sound in the word||he|
|4||The vowel-sound in the word||thought|
|5||The vowel-sound in the word||so|
|6||The vowel-sound in the word||poor|
|1||The vowel-sound in the word||that|
|2||The vowel-sound in the word||bell|
|3||The vowel-sound in the word||is|
|4||The vowel-sound in the word||not|
|5||The vowel-sound in the word||much|
|6||The vowel-sound in the word||good|
The six long vowel-sounds then, are brought to mind when we repeat the words:
'Half-pay he thought so poor'
Similarly, the six short vowel-sounds are brought to mind when we repeat these words:
'That bell is not much good'
In our key-words, the following symbols shall be used to represent those sounds:
|In key words||Are to be sounded like:||In the English words:|
|6||oo||oo (long)||tool, room|
|12||u||oo (short)||good, rook (same sound as u in full)|
It is useful to note that the sound (No. 6) of oo in poor is the same as the sound of u in rule; while the sound (No. 11) of u in up, us, is the same as that of o in son, done. It will be noticed that the same numbers are attached to the same sounds in both tables.
as in English