The Pronunciation Of The Long Letter A

The Pronunciation Of The Long Letter A

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The Long Letter A

What has traditionally been called the “Long” pronunciation of the letter “A”, (when it is by itself) is a sound which is referred to as a “Diphthong“.  A “Diphthong” is actually made up of more than one vowel sound put together, but functions as a single unit.  The Long Letter A sounds like this:


Most English text-books and teachers will tell you that in the symbol for The Long Letter A looks like this:  

However there is a problem with this.  This is because, the second “letter” of this symbol is the one used to represent The Short Letter I


The Long Letter A starts out with the sound we make in the word “Make”, but then


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