/i/ and /ee/

/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.


/i/                              /ee/

slip                            sleep

hit                              heat

hills                           heels

bit                              beat

living                        leaving

will                            wheel

lip                              leap

pitches                    peaches

sick                           seek

ship                          sheep


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