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There are 21 consonant letters in the written alphabet!
B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, X, Y and Z…
A consonant is a speech sound made when AIR IS OBSTRUCTED while passing through the vocal cords. When sounding out a consonant, the tongue, teeth, and lips can interrupt the air flow. The majority of letters in the alphabet are consonant letters. Most consonant letters have only one sound and rarely sound like their names. Vowels have long and short sounds….and long vowels sound like their letter names.
A vowel is a speech sound made by the vocal cords. A vowel sound comes from the lungs, through the vocal cords ~ the passage of air through the vocal cords is NOT obstructed. It is also a type of letter in the alphabet. The letters of the English alphabet are either vowels or consonants or both. All English words have vowels. (http://simple.wikipedia.org)