When is ‘Y’ a Vowel?

English speakers are taught that A, E, I, O, U and sometimes ‘Y’ are vowels.  What does that really mean? When exactly is ‘Y’ a vowel, and when is it a consonant? Watch my latest blog video and find out!

By the way, what are ‘diphthongs’? It is a technical word for a sound that is made when two vowels sounds join together and make one syllable, like in the words ‘cow’ and ‘brown’. It has a gliding sound that starts with the first vowel sound and moves right into the other one to end the sound. So in the example of ‘cow’ and ‘brown’, what are the two vowel sounds?

‘A brown cow’ has 2 diphthongs.

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