/i/ is a short relaxed vowel sound. The lips are not spread, and the cheeks and tongue should feel relaxed. The /ee/ sound is longer than the /i/ sound. When you make the /ee/ sound,
your tongue should be tense and you should be smiling, like when you say “cheese” before someone takes a picture.
Read these words to your student(s) and have them repeat.
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