Long vowels can be formed in three ways:
- double vowel: two identical vowels in a row
- single open vowel: a single vowel at the end of a syllable
- vowel combination: two different vowels in a row that merge into (more or less) one vowel
With the exception of y, each vowel has a short and a long form:
to hear what the vowels sound like (in the following order: a, aa, e, ee, i, ie, o, oo, u, uu).
Note that long i is not formed by doubling the vowel, but by adding the letter e: ie.
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Long and short vowels