Discover Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Posted on Aug 3, 2017
Discover Long and Short Vowel Sounds

Vowels are important letters. So important, in fact, that they appear in almost every word in the English language (“rhythm” we’re looking at you…) If you’re in the process of teaching the what’s what of vowels, this long and short vowel video for kids is a must-watch.

Know your vowels

Before we get into the juicy stuff, let’s make sure everyone here knows the five vowels:

The five vowels: a, e, i, o, and u!

Got it? Great. Now things get exciting. Each vowel has not one, but two unique sounds – a long sound and a short sound.

Differentiating between the two can be a tricky concept to grasp for young kids and ESL students. Luckily, this catchy tune and fantastical clip of regurgitating frogs is a fun and educational short and long vowel video for students.

Loooong vowel sounds

In this long vowel video, you will discover (with the help of two hungry frogs and a song that’ll get stuck in your head for days) that long vowel sounds name the letter.

To illustrate this, say “the letter A” out loud. Go on, no one’s watching. Excellent. You just used the long vowel sound. Some words that include the long vowel sound of A are acorn, snake, alien, apron, sale, play, and agent.

Now, the letter E. The long vowel sound sounds something like eee. Examples include eagle, green, cheat, peach, concrete, and theme.

Island begins with the long vowel sound of I

And the letter I. When we say, “I am the greatest human to ever set foot on planet Earth,” we are using the long vowel sound for I. Other examples are island, ice-cream, kite, idea, pilot, and pie.

Moving on to O. Oh my, oh my, the long vowel sound for O sounds like “oh”! Some more examples include oatmeal, oval, open, rose, poem, go, and yoga.

Finally, we come to U. The long vowel sound for U sounds like “you”. Words like unicorn, cube, statue, music, duty, human, and tissue use U’s long vowel sound.

Short vowel sounds

Now we introduce short vowel sounds with this short vowel video for ESL and kids. We’ll start again with the letter A.

The short vowel sound for A can be found in words like apple, attitude, cat, actually, and can.

Elephant begins with the short vowel sound of E.

E’s short vowel sound sounds a bit like eh, and features in words like elephant, exciting, excellent, and end.

Now I. Say it out loud, “inside an interesting insect is impossible information.” Nice work!

O’s short vowel sound is less like oh and more like o. Examples include ostrich, octopus, orange, moss, octagon, and bon-bon.

Last but not least, U. Words like umbrella, up, unbelievable, and gut use the short vowel sound for U.

Watch the video


Want all of this information in an easy to understand video designed to hold the attention of children? Watch our Long & Short Vowel Sounds Song Video right now.

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  1. Ponnu
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