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Consonants are pronounced by obstructing the airflow through the vocal tract, vowels are pronounced by passing air through different shapes of the mouth. Example: pronounce the letter T. You find that you must flick your tongue on your teeth, or obstructing the airflow through the vocal tract. Try other consonants too, like P is pronounce by pushing the lips together then apart. now pronounce all the vowels, you'll find you don't really use your lips tongue or teeth, just shaping your mouth differently and pushing air out.
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