Vowel Practice


word pairs 
  listening exercise
  tongue twister

 Pay attention to the vowel difference in each word pair.

 * Please click on the   to listen to the following word pairs and repeat after me.




    sheep      ship 
    heel         hill  
    seat         sit 
    cheek      chick 
    feel          fill

    bill            bell  
    pin            pen 
    chick        check 
    fill             fell 
    wrist         rest 

    pen             pain 
    wet             wait 
    tell              tail 
    test             taste 
    pepper       paper 





    bet          bat 
    pen         pan 
    men        man 
    said        sad 
    leg          lag

    cap            cup 
    bag            bug 
    sack           suck 
    ban            bun 
    rag             rug

    hat             hot 
    cat             cot 
    cap            cop 
    sack          sock 
    ran            Ron





    hut          hot 
    cut          cot 
    cup         cop 
    suck       sock 
    run         Ron

    Don         dawn 
    cot           caught 
    card         cord 
    far            four 
    part          port

    dug          dog 
    cut           caught 
    cuff          cough 
    bus          boss 
    lung         long





    saw           sew 
    caught       coat 
    hall            hole 
    bought      boat 
    ball            bowl

    fall            full 
    talk           took 
    ball           bull 
    fought      foot 
    Paul         pull

    look        Luke 
    pull         pool 
    full          fool 
    soot       suit 
    foot        boot





    back       bike  
    hat          height 
    van         vine 
    cat           kite 
    pants       pints 

    all             oil 
    ball           boil 
    jaw           joy 
    raw          Roy 
    bald         boiled

    shot         shout 
    Don         down 
    are           hour 
    dot          doubt 
    Scot         scout 





   torn          turn 
   shorts      shirts 
   four          fur 
   ward        word 
   walk         work 

    far              fur 
    star            stir 
    barn           burn 
    hearts        hurts 
    hard           heard

    shut         shirt 
    huts         hurts 
    bun          burn 
    bud          bird 
    gull           girl 



              Listen to each sentence, and then choose one of the words heard in the sentence.

1.   Did you ______ last night? 


2.    Is John going to ______ here? 


3.   Was your ______ good? 


4.   How did you like the ______? 


5.   The ______ is coming soon. 

 (bus boss)

6.   Did you see those ______ ?  


7.   Where's the ______ ?    


8.   The boy ______ his shirt in.    


9.   Did Sam get the ______?    


10.  Mary ______ all night.    



          Try to have a mouth workout.  It's fun!

     A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuit. 

     A bloke's back bike brake block broke. 

     The boot black bought the black boot back. 

     Flee from fog to fight flu fast! 

     A big black bug bit a big black bear, 
     made the big black bear bleed blood. 

     Give me the gift of a grip top sock: 
     a drip-drape, ship-shape, tip-top sock. 

     I cannot bear to see a bear. 
     Bear down upon a hare. 
     When bare of hair he strips the hare, 
     Right there I cry, "Forbear!" 


     Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. 
     Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers? 
     If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, 
     where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? 

     A flea and a fly flew up in a flue. 
     Said the flea, "Let us fly!" 
     Said the fly, "Let us flee!" 
     So they flew through a flaw in the flue. 

     Once upon a barren moor 
     There dwelt a bear, also a boar. 
     The bear could not bear the boar. 
     The boar thought the bear a bore. 
     At last the bear could bear no more 
     Of that boar that bored him on the moor, 
     And so one morn he bored the boar-- 
     That boar will bore the bear no more. 

word stress
sentence rhythm