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VOWELS
Each vowel should have one uniform sound, whether it be long or short in quan­tity.
A should have a full open sound as in father, not only in open syllables as amo, but also in closed ones, such as nam.
E should be as e in met, or a in fare.
I should be equivalent to the English ee, whether the vowel in the Latin word be long or short, e.g. inter, dico, in,
O should be pronounced as in the English word, for
U should be pronounced as oo in the Eng­lish words, boot, soon.
AU should be as ou in the English word, plough.
AE and OE should also be pronounced as e in met or a in fare.
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