What is a diphthong?

  • Two vowels that make only one vowel sound, the sound of an A, E, I, O, or U.
    • examples:  email, fail, spoil, hail, & boil
  • A diphthong is only one syllable because it makes only one vowel sound.

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Fun Fact
Queueing is the only word that
contains 5 consecutive vowels!

Diphthong Examples

All diphthongs are highlighted below, in red:
  • see
  • tea
  • free
  • eat
  • meat
  • feet
  • teeth
  • school
  • cheese
  • mouse
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