Difference Between Vowels and Consonants
The first two letters of the English alphabet are A and B.
A is a vowel.
B is a consonant.
So? What’s the difference between vowel and consonant?
The difference is actually very simple:
To say A you open your mouth.
To say B you close your mouth.
In general, when you say a vowel you do not block the flow of air.
But when you say a consonant, you block the flow of air, for example by
- pressing your lips together (as for B)
- pressing your bottom lip against your teeth (as for F)
- pressing your tongue against the top of your mouth (as for L)
- with vowel sounds we do not block the air flow
- with consonant sounds we block the air flow, at least partially