ā / ei – plane

  • Name: ‘long a’. Voiced. This sound is made with your vocal cords.
  • To make this sound, we need to combine two other sounds: the first is a slight variation of the ‘short e’ /ĕ/ sound and the second is the ‘long e’ /ē/ sound.
  • Starting with the first sound, your mouth takes the position it does when making the /ĕ/ sound, but opens a little wider.
  • From here, pull back the corners of your mouth like you do when you are smiling. This open mouth smiling position produces a slightly different ‘short e’ /ĕ/ sound.
  • At this point, close your jaw to form the ‘long e’ /ē/ sound.
  • Your mouth should be in a smile when you finish making the sound (see photos).
long a begin
Long A End