Short & Long Vowels
The vowels are pure sound and they often, though not exclusively, convey emotion in language. They are at the heart of poetry and song. The vowels are shaped by the tongue and lips but, unlike consonants, the surfaces of speech do not interrupt or interact with the sound flow.
The short vowels in English are remarkably short compared to many other languages.
They have, if you like, one beat.
PRACTICE: Rapidly snatching the fingers swiftly towards the palms as you say the vowel.
The long vowels have two beats.
PRACTICE: Pushing open hands away as you say the vowel.