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Latin Vowels Posted by on Mar 12, 2009 in Latin Language

Tada! We’re going to look at some Latin vowels. When you see a horizontal line over a vowel like this: ā, it means that the vowel is prolonged. Ok, let’s start the Latin learning.

ā : is pronounced like fAther. An example of a Latin word that contains this sound is hāc

a : is pronounced like pApa. Example: amat

ē : like E in thEy. Ex: mēta

e : like in mEt. Ex: tenet

ī : like in machIne. Ex: sertī

i : like in fIt. Ex: sitis

ō : like in nOte. Ex: Rōma

o : like in Obey. Ex: modo

ū : like in rUde. Ex: tūber

u : like in pUt. Ex: ut

Let’s give some love for the diphthongs:

ae = pronounced as the ai in AIsle.  The Latin word that contains this sound is taedae

au = the o in Out.  Ex: gaudet

ei = the ei in EIght. Ex: deinde

eu = the eu in fEUd. Ex: seu

ui = the ea in whEAt. Ex: cui

oe = the oi in tOIl. Ex: foedus

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