English students are faced with learning how to divide unfamiliar multisyllabic words into syllables in order to pronounce them. One important pattern to learn is about closed and open syllables. The most frequent two syllable patterns are the closed VCCV (vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel) and the open V/CV (vowel/consonant-vowel) patterns. These will be showcased below.
Oftentimes, in between syllables, English words may have two consonants next to each other. Some consonants may be the same, called doublets; others are two different consonants. Closed syllables are those which are closed by a consonant. The pronunciation of the syllable will be short as the doubling consonant or extra consonant preserves the short sound.
Pronounce the following closed syllable examples:
Open syllables are those which end in a long-vowel sound. The long-vowel sound is the “name” of a vowel in the English alphabet: A, E, I, O, U (with U sounding like “oo”).
Pronounce the following open syllable examples:
Determine which are which…open or closed…and pronounce them:
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