Short A Sound
æ (cat, fat)

English Pronunciation, Lesson 11

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The short A sound (IPA symbol: æ) can be found in English words such as: 
fat, cat, dad, back, fast, animal.

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The short A sound
Watch the following video to learn how to pronounce this sound correctly:



Have you watched it? Good! Let's practice...

Say these words out loud (short A sound is bold):

1) fat

2) cat

3) rat

4) dad

5) add

6) mad

7) glad

8) exam

9) back

10) marriage

11) have

12) class

13) fast

14) after

15) am

16) animal

17) fast

18) last


Now say these sentences out loud (short A sound is bold):


1) The fat cat is chasing after the rat.

2) Dad is coming back after the party.

3) I am glad to finish this exam.

4) His first marriage made him mad. His second marriage were not so bad.

5) They have ten farm animals.

7) This class is progressing really fast.

8) The last hat I have left is black.

9) The cat and the rat are attacking a hat.

10) She has an orange bag.


Have you finished them all? Cool! 

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Well done! You have completed the short A sound lesson.

Let's move on...

Your next lesson: Lesson 12, UH Sound (but, cup)

List of Lessons

Lesson 01: International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

Lesson 02: Word Stress and Syllables

Lesson 03: Long E sound (meet, see)

Lesson 04: Short I Sound (sit, hit)

Lesson 05: UH Sound (put, foot)

Lesson 06: OO Sound (moon, blue)

Lesson 07: Short E sound (pen, bed)

Lesson 08: Schwa Sound (the, about)

Lesson 09: UR Sound (turn, learn)

Lesson 10: OH Sound (four, store)

Lesson 11: Short A Sound (cat, fat)

Lesson 12: UH Sound (but, luck)

Lesson 13: Soft A Sound

Lesson 14: Long O Sound

Lesson 15: Long A Sound

Lesson 16: Short O Sound

Lesson 17: Diphthong (a combination of two vowel sounds)

Lesson 18: P and B sounds

Lesson 19: The Nasal Sounds (M, N, NG)

Lesson 20: The F and V Sounds: f (four, lift, graph, tough), v ( love, knives, grave, vine)

Lesson 21: W Sound (wow, quit, where)

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