In today's lesson, we looked at the vowels /i/ and /ɪ/. These vowels are both high front vowels, and many non-native speakers have difficulty distinguishing these two vowels.
This may be because your native language has only one high front vowel, /i/.
The best way to work on these vowel sounds is to practice on the /ɪ/ vowel and establish a strong vowel /ɪ/, then work to make sure your /i/ vowel is distinct.
Vowel /ɪ/ is lax, which means the tongue and facial muscles are more relaxed for this vowel sound than for the tense /i/ vowel. The tongue is also slightly lower in the mouth than for the /i/ vowel, but this difference can be hard to feel.
Use the video below to work on these two vowels.
In day 21, we talked about anchor words for vowel sounds. For /i/, I use green leaf. For /ɪ/, I use pink pig.
To work on these vowels, practice common words for vowel /ɪ/:
Listen to and practice contrasts - minimal pairs, and mixed phrases:
When you are ready, add repeated phrase practice for vowel /ɪ/:
is it _____ ready, time, yours, mine
with the ____ group, computer, weather
did you ____ hear, say, know, talk
Use the videos below for even more practice.
New to this page? You may want to start here.
One of the most common error sounds in American English is the Vowel I, or short i vowel. This is frequently mispronounced as the long e vowel, or Vowel ee. For example, the word it is mispronounced as eat. Is sounds more like ease, ship like sheep, etc. First learn how to make Vowel I and Vowel ee. Then try the recordings below to work on your new sound, Vowel I.
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