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Vowel sound CAT - Cat on the mat, wearing a hat... Give it a pat..on the back...

Childrens words

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æ p ər l
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k æ t
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b æ g
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k æ t

How to make this sound

æ is a short vowel. To make the æ sound the mouth is open. The lips are tighter and pulled back a little more than for ʌ The lips are lateralised (pulled as in a smile position),slightly. The tongue tip is slightly raised and the rest of the tongue is held flattish but slightly off the bottom of the mouth. The tip touches in the middle of the bottom teeth inside the mouth. The voice is switched on, and the sound is 'resonated' at the back of the mouth.

Example words using 'a'

cat flat mat

Example words using other letters

plait (hair), bag, Can, black, Happy, sack, Saturday, thank, Have, man, Anchor, answer, Apple, handsome, Had, plan, Am, pack, pan and Land

Cat sound limerick



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          |\___/|                      \\
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          \  ^  /    )a a '._.-""""-.  //
           )=*=(    =\T_= /    ~  ~  \//
          /     \     `"`\   ~   / ~  /
          |     |         |~   \ |  ~/
         /| | | |\         \  ~/- \ ~\
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Limerick

That mad actor, Max Hackney-pratts
Gathered masses and masses of hats,
Kept a set in his bed,
Twenty-seven on his head
And the balance on black plastic mats.

A laddie named Nash from Saltash
Was fantastic'ly rash with his cash
He lent and he spent
So it very soon went
And wham, in a flash came the crash.

practice - Click a native's flag to hear the sound.

  1. The cat sat on the mat
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  2. Can you hand me that black bag please?
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  3. He has to have ham and apple.
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  4. Andy planned his adventure and then packed his knapsack.
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  5. The man ran down the long track to the sands.
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  6. Saturday match practice at my flat.
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  7. Can Japan have happy land?
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  8. Your match captain can bat at that end.
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  9. Candles can be handy at black out time.
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  10. Catch apples in your cap and pack them.
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