If your child is doing really well beginning to read, it may be time to move along to 2 syllable words. 

Let’s take a look at what syllables are and some common two syllable word lists!

What is a syllable?

A syllable is a single vowel sound, pronounced as a unit as a word itself or as part of a word. Sometimes it can be called a “word chunk” or a “beat”. 

Typically early readers will learn single syllable word families and once those have been mastered they are ready to move onto 2 syllable words. 

How do you identify two syllable words?

A two syllable word is a word that when spoken has two specific sounds or beats to them. Perhaps when you were younger your teacher had you clap out the syllables.

For each vowel sound (read: not number of vowels) is the number of syllables in the word. 

Example:

A one syllable word: Bat

A two syllable word: But-ter

A three syllable sound: Ba-na-na

What is the longest 2-syllable word?

In the English language there are many long 2 syllable words. Here are a few of them:

  • Breaststroke
  • Outstretched
  • Strengthened
  • Breakthrough

Open vs Closed Syllable Words

An open syllable ends in a vowel and almost always has a long vowel sound.

Example of open syllable words: 

  • Pa-per
  • Ba-con
  • Be-gin
  • Ti-dy
  • Pi-lot

In a closed syllable, the vowels are typically surrounded by consonants and tend to have short vowel sounds. 

Examples of closed syllable words:

  • Bas-ket
  • Hel-met
  • Muf-fin
  • Bet-ter
  • Hap-py

2 Syllable Words for Kindergarten

PandaNumber
FatherAlso
UnderMusic
PurpleSeven
ZebraBetter
AlsoAbout
AgainPizza
PeopleWater
HappyPumpkin
ChristmasWoman
YellowAway
MotherMoney
OverToday
StoryBrother

2 Syllable Words with Long Vowels

SunshineSunrise
CompleteDislike
SidewalkConfuse
MistakeUpgrade
ConcludeIntrude
ExplodePancake
MusicPaper
FirehouseBacon
TidyCaper
Exclude

2 Syllable Words Ending in -y

CrazyLonely
PennyDaily
SorryMoney
TodayStory
BodyBaby
MondayAway
TuesdayFriday
SundayCity
CountryUgly
LovelySorry
EasyCherry
HungryLazy

2 syllable words ending in -ing

SwimmingRunning
BreathingWalking
NothingEnding
LovingMorning
WeddingThinking
FakingClimbing
StandingJumping
SayingPraying
LookingBringing

2 syllable words that end in -er

FlowerNever
WonderBetter
UnderOver
AfterRiver
MonsterWinter
WaterSister
MotherBrother
LetterSweater

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