Learn Catalan: Why not? / Aprendre català: Per què no?

Vocalic sounds

Let’s start learning different vocaling sounds. In written language, we use 5 different vowels (a e i o u), however, in spoken language we use 8 different vocalic sounds (a ɛ e i ɔ o u ə).

  • A /a/
    • Written as A
    • Like English “father”
    • Examples: català, casa
  • E oberta /ɛ/
    • Written as E
    • Like French “père”
    • Examples: veig, recta, fred
  • E tancada /e/
    • Written as E
    • Like French “été
    • Examples: néixer, est
  • I /i/
    • Written as I
    • Like English “seem”
    • Examples: illa, crisi
  • O oberta /ɔ/
    • Written as O
    • Like French “robe”
    • Examples: forta, goig
  • O tancada /o/
    • Written as O
    • Like French “peau
    • Examples: honor, sanció, calor
  • U /u/
    • Written as O or U
    • Like English “food”
    • Examples: cuinar, curta, muntanya, cobrir, obert
  • Vocal neutra /ə/
    • Written as A or E
    • Like English “above”
    • Examples: casa, portes, territori