/e/ and /ey/

/e/ is a short relaxed vowel sound. The cheeks, lips, and tongue should all be relaxed.


The/ey/ sound is longer than the /e/ sound and is tense. The mouth opens in a wide circle when saying /ey/.


Read these words to your student(s) and have them repeat.


/ey/                       /e/

pain                      pen

paper                   pepper

taste                     test

sail                        sell

later                     letter

wait                      wet

paste                   pest

Jane                    Jen

braid                   bread


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