/iy/ and /I/
Sometimes /iy/ and /I/ can be confused.
- To make the /i/ sound, the tongue is raised in the mouth; tense the lips into a smile. This sound is long (it is held for a length of time). Watch the video for demonstration:
Common spellings for the /i/ sound:
e - me, he, she, we
ee - see, meet, steep, sneeze
ea - sea, meat, seat, team, dream
ie - believe, achieve
eo - people
i - ski
ey - key, money
ei - receive, conceive
y - happy, easy, soapy (adjectives)
- The /i/ sound occurs in the beginning, middle, and final position.
- meet, meat
- be, bee
Listen to the sentences, then use your dictation feature to check your pronunciation.
1. Please believe me.