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Unfortunately, this rule is false 60% of the time.<ref>All about ''Learning Press'', [http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/when-two-vowels-go-walking/ When Two Vowels Go Walking]</ref> Counterexamples: ''head'', ''chief'', ''pause'', ''out'', ''biscuit''.
 
Unfortunately, this rule is false 60% of the time.<ref>All about ''Learning Press'', [http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/when-two-vowels-go-walking/ When Two Vowels Go Walking]</ref> Counterexamples: ''head'', ''chief'', ''pause'', ''out'', ''biscuit''.
  
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==The first one does the talking==
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*"ai" /eɪ/: aid - train - wait
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*"ea" /iː/: beach - clean - dream
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:Exceptions:
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:/e/: bread - health - leather
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:/eɪ/: break - great - steak
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*"ee" /iː/: fee - keep - sleep
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*"ue" /(j)uː/: clue - due - blue
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==Miked results==
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*"ei"
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:/iː/: ceiling - conceive - receipt
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:/eɪ/: eight - neighbour - weigh
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*"ie"
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:/aɪ/: lies - fried
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:/iː/: chief - field
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==The pattern doesn't work==
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*"au" /ɔː/: cause - author
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*"oo"
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:/uː/ school - goose
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:/ʊ/: foot - good
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*"ou" /aʊ/: about
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==Both vowels do the talking==
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With a little imagination, instead of exceptions the following patterns are examples of rules for [[diphthong]]s.
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*"ew" /(j)uː/: few - flew - new
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*"oi" /ɔɪ/: choice
 
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Revision as of 14:59, 19 November 2013

"When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking" is a spelling rule used when teaching English-speaking children that says that when there are two vowels in a word the first one has the so-called "long" sound of the vowel (or alphabet name), and the second one is not pronounced.

For example, in train the a has the so-called “long” a sound and i does not sound. The same happens for each, die, goat, and rescue.

Unfortunately, this rule is false 60% of the time.[1] Counterexamples: head, chief, pause, out, biscuit.

The first one does the talking

  • "ai" /eɪ/: aid - train - wait
  • "ea" /iː/: beach - clean - dream
Exceptions:
/e/: bread - health - leather
/eɪ/: break - great - steak
  • "ee" /iː/: fee - keep - sleep
  • "ue" /(j)uː/: clue - due - blue

Miked results

  • "ei"
/iː/: ceiling - conceive - receipt
/eɪ/: eight - neighbour - weigh
  • "ie"
/aɪ/: lies - fried
/iː/: chief - field

The pattern doesn't work

  • "au" /ɔː/: cause - author
  • "oo"
/uː/ school - goose
/ʊ/: foot - good
  • "ou" /aʊ/: about

Both vowels do the talking

With a little imagination, instead of exceptions the following patterns are examples of rules for diphthongs.

  • "ew" /(j)uː/: few - flew - new
  • "oi" /ɔɪ/: choice

References

  1. All about Learning Press, When Two Vowels Go Walking