/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                            

    oe- phoenix

     y - happy, easy, soapy   (adjectives)

    • The /i/ sound occurs in the beginning, middle, and final position.

    Beginning

      • eat
      • either
      • even

    Middle

      • amoeba
      • meet, meat
      • police

    Final

      • be, bee
      • honey
      • tea

    Listen to the sentences, then use your dictation feature to check your pronunciation.

    1. Please believe me.

    2. We need to read the deed.

    3. Lee told Bea to be home by three.

    4. Meet the teacher next week.

    5. Leave the key with Steve.

     

     


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