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Latin has the following six diphthongs, combinations of two vowel sounds that were collapsed together into a single syllable:

ae as in ai in aisle: cārae, saepe

au as ou in house: aut, laudō

ei as ei in reign: deinde

eu as Latin e + u, pronounced rapidly as a single syllable: seu.

(The sound is not found in English and is rare in Latin.)

oe as oi in oil: coepit, proelium

ui as in Latin u + i, spoken as a single syllable like Spanish muy, or like English gooey, pronounced quickly as a single syllable. This diphthong occurs only in: huius, cuius, huic, cui, hui.

Elsewhere the two letters are spoken separately as in: fuit, frūctuī

 

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