The /i:/ Sound
November 29, 2019
This is the /i:/ sound. As in the words: be /biː/ me /miː/ need /niːd/ It is a Vowel sound and it’s technical name
is the ‘Close Front Unrounded Vowel’. Remember that the key to pronunciation s physical and the name tells us about how the sound is made physically. In this case your tongue is high and at the front of your mouth. Unrounded refers to your lips because they are stretched out as if you are smiling and not rounded. All vowels are made through the mouth and
are voiced so you vibrate your vocal chords to make the sound.
It is similar to the /ɪ/ sound, but the two little dots mean that it is a longer sound.
/i:/ not /ɪ/. To produce the sound put your tongue high
and at the front of your mouth and stretch out your lips, then make a long voiced sound. The /i:/ sound is normally spelled with the letter ‘e’ or e-e’ as in the words:
three /θriː/ see /siː/ these /ðiːz/ But it can also be spelled with the letters
‘e-a’. As in the words: leave /liːv/ Like with all vowels in English the spelling can be very inconsistent. You’ll always find alternative and unusual spellings of the vowel sounds. It is one of the most difficult things in English but you just have to learn it. Here are some words that start with the /i:/ sound: each /iːtʆ/ easy /ˈiːzi/ eat /iːt/ east /iːst/ Here are some words that have the /iː/ sound in the middle: feel /fiːl/ keep /kiːp/ seem /siːm/ between /bɪ’twiːn/ Here are some words with the /i:/ sound at the end: he /hiː/ she /ʆiː/ we /wiː/ free /friː/ So that is it for the /i:/ sound, but we have
made additional videos on each of the groups of sounds Vowels, Diphthongs, Single Consonants,
and Consonant Pairs as well as a video explaining the overall phonetic chart. You can also click on any of the symbols behind me to see a similar video with lots of examples and an explanation about how to pronounce that sound. We regularly post new videos, so if you like this video and want to continue improving your English, please click here to subscribe to our channel. At the English Language Club we also offer live English classes online via Skype and Google Hangouts Visit our website to make a booking with me or one of our other teachers. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.