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Vowels and Consonants

posted Nov 7, 2010, 4:56 PM by K Day
There are two kinds of speech sounds - vowel sounds and consonant sounds. Words are spoken by combining these two different kinds of sounds in varied patterns. 

The Vowel sounds are pronounced by opening the mouth in different ways. They allow the voice to come out. 

The consonant sounds are pronounced by closing the mouth in different ways. They restrict the voice, or interrupt it completely. 

Vowels can be pronounced alone or can carry consonants along with them.