I was finding a school for my toddler. I saw this new theory called long vowels and short vowels
The teacher talk about apple, which she read something like "eiple" and the hat, which she claims use short vowels.
She says that some vowels are long vowels and some vowels are short vowels.
Now I know where I got my accent. I never knew about it. In Indonesian language every vowel have just one spelling.
That being said, she does sound like native speakers.
The question is:
How do we know when we should use long vowels and when we should use short vowels. For example, is a in apple short or long? Is the a in hat short or long? Do we sort of just memorize that or is there a rule.