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The Letter Y


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The Letter Y

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Introduction to the Letter Y

Today's exploration delves into a unique and versatile letter in our language—the letter Y. It plays a crucial role in a variety of important words. Whether you are crafting a narrative or expanding your vocabulary, mastering the letter Y is essential for developing proficient reading and writing skills.

Understanding the Letter Y – Definition and Sounds

The letter Y is the 25th letter in the English alphabet, characterized by its distinct and often versatile sound, which can phonetically resemble /j/ (as in yes) or act as a vowel sound like /ɪ/ or /aɪ/.

This letter can function as both a consonant and a vowel. As a consonant, its articulation involves the tongue gliding from the roof of the mouth to the front teeth. The phonetic presence of the letter Y is prominent in words such as yellow, yes, and gym.

What sound does the letter Y make?
Can you name a word that begins with the letter Y?
How do you use your mouth to make the letter Y sound?

Writing the Letter Y – How to?

Writing the letter Y is simple and involves a few easy steps. To write the uppercase Y, start at the top left, draw a diagonal line down to the middle, then draw another diagonal line from the top right to meet the first line in the middle, and finally draw a straight line down from the meeting point. For the lowercase y, start in the middle, draw a small diagonal line down to the left, and then draw a longer diagonal line down to the right, extending below the line.

The Letter Y – Example Words and Sentences

The letter Y is versatile and useful, appearing in various positions within words. For instance, Yara yelled yesterday about yellow yarn. In this sentence, the letter Y is used at the start of several words, showcasing its unique sound and versatility.

Words with the Letter Y

The letter Y, while less common than some letters, is found in a variety of interesting words. Let's look at a list of words that feature this letter prominently:

Begin With Contain End With
yellow canyon happy
yogurt rhythm day
young system toy
yard beyond boy

The Letter Y – Summary

Key Learnings from this Text:

  • The letter Y is known for its distinct consonant sound, phonetically represented as /j/ , and its vowel sounds, represented as /ɪ/ or /aɪ/.
  • It is the 25th letter in the English alphabet.
  • Writing the letter Y involves drawing a combination of diagonal and straight lines.
  • The letter Y can appear at the beginning, middle, or end of words.

Continue to explore the fascinating world of letters with our interactive lessons and printable activities. The letter Y is just one integral part of your linguistic journey!

The Letter Y – Frequently Asked Questions

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Transcript The Letter Y

Let’s join Dee and Kala in the phonics garden and learn all about "The Letter Y". This is the letter Y, it makes the sound /Y/. This is an uppercase Y and this is a lowercase one. They both make the /Y/ sound like in yawn, yellow, and yoga! Let's practice the /Y/ sound with Kala! "/Y/, Y, /Y/!" Can you spy anything in the garden that begins with the letter Y? " There's a yo-yo; that starts with the letter Y!" Is there anything else in the garden that starts with /Y/? "There's some yogurt that also begins with the letter Y!" Uh-oh! Y is hiding with other letters! Can you help find the letter Y in the alphabet? Point to the letter when you find it! Did you also point here? You did some great work in the phonics garden! Today we learned all about the letter Y, we listened to and made the /Y/ sound! We found words that began with the letter Y and found it in the alphabet! Interested in a challenge? Watch this video again and see if you can find the yarn, the yak, and the yacht in the garden! Comment below when you find them! If you want to learn more, check out the last letter in the alphabet, the letter Z!

The Letter Y exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video The Letter Y.
  • Which one is the correct letter?


    Listen carefully to the sound, play it again and think about what you can hear.

    I like to eat _______.

    Look again at the picture above. What sound does this word start with?


    The correct letter is y. This makes the /y/ sound.

  • What sound does the letter make?


    The word yes starts with the sound.

    Listen to all four sounds again. Which one is the same as the beginning of the word you?


    The correct sound is /y/.

  • Find the objects that begin with y.


    There are 5 things that start with y to highlight.

    Listen to this word. Can you find it in the picture?

    Listen carefully to the names of the objects.


    The five things that begin with y are:

    • yoga
    • yacht
    • yeti
    • yellow
    • yoyo
  • What is the word?


    What other sounds can you hear?

    Here we can see the words with pictures. Use this to help you find the matching pairs above.


    The words are:

    1. yum
    2. yuck
    3. yes
    4. yell
  • Help Kala find the objects that begin with y.


    A yak is like a cow. A yolk is the middle of an egg.

    Listen to the sound. Which words begin with this sound?

    Say all of the items out loud. In which ones do you hear the /y/ sound at the beginning?

    There are two correct choices.


    Yak and yolk start with /y/.

  • Can you put the words in the correct group?


    Listen carefully to this word. Do you hear y at the beginning?

    Think carefully about the first sound that you hear, is it y or a different sound?

    There are 2 words that begin with y and 4 words that do not.


    Year and yolk have y at the beginning.

    Sun, pan, car and pear do not.