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Cambridge offers a variety of examinations for all levels ranging from beginners to teaching specialism, and for different areas of purpose: academic, leisure, business. This video gives a brief explanation of each exam. It also explains the equivalence of each exam to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. (Please see link for the CEFR)
Monday, 19 July 2010
This is especially useful when applying to certain phonetic spelling rules. Contrary to many European beliefs, the English language does follow its own sets of phonetic rules where we pronounce what we see written. However, these rules differ from most other latin based languages.
One of these rules looks at the order of consonants and vowels in a word to confirm the use of a long or short vowel.
There are 5 vowels in the English language and each vowel has a long and a short sound.