Grr!!! I can NOT say and hear vowel sounds every time.
I can not differentiate between "pen" and "pin" - whether hearing or saying it.
The a in apple and man sound different to me.
There are times when o, u, e sounded like a to me. - As well as other confusions.
Seriously, I should not be teaching phonics!! No wonder my kids are so far behind in their reading skills.
My 17yr old was shocked at how bad I was at hearing the vowels differences. She asked me to spell large words - and I did fine. She asked how I could get them right when it is obvious that I can not hear them. I had to think about it, but it is because I know from "background knowledge" how things look together. However, when I do spell words wrong, it is usually due to vowels. When I spell the word: different. I can't tell if e or a should be there. I have had to memorize this information.
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