Single Vowel Exclamations Overview
Meaning Single vowel exclamationsare short vowel sounds that we let out in certain situations to express a unique feeling or emotion.
/aː/ ah “ah, I understand”
/aːː/ ahh “ahh, he’s so cute”
/aʊ/ ow “oww, that hurts!”
/əʊ/ oh “oh, I’m very surprised”
/3ː/ er “er, what’s the answer?”
/3ːː/ urgh “urgh, that’s disgusting”
/uː/ ooh “ooh, how exciting”
/ ɔɪ / oi “oi, come here”
Reasons for single vowel exlamations Can you think of why we have single vowel exclamations in English?
From your own language? Can you come up with some other examples of single vowel exclamations from your own language?