This exercise can be used to improve your ability to correctly differentiate between the /i/ and /ɪ/ vowel sounds in English. Record yourself saying the contrasting word pairs in each exercise. Can you hear a difference between the vowel sounds in the word pairs?
/i/ as in heat
/ɪ/ as in hit
longer in duration
shorter in duration
|beat / beet||bit|
|week / weak||wick|
|meat / meet||mitt|
|heel / heal||hill|
|peek / peak||pick|
Have you read the children’s book “Sheep on a Ship”?
Lynn knit a neat looking wool sweater.
Large bags of chips are cheap at Costco.
He had a big blister on his heel from climbing the steep hill.
The baby chick felt soft against my cheek.