ă / æ – apple

  • Name: ‘short a’. Voiced. This sound is made with your vocal cords.
  • Start by opening your mouth wide (almost as wide as you can).
  • The corners of your lips pull back and your lips press slightly against your teeth.
  • The back of your tongue rises in the mouth.
  • The tip of your tongue rests against your bottom front teeth.
  • See photos showing the differences between the /ă/, /ĕ/, /ĭ/, /ŏ/, and /ŭ/ sounds.