Pronunciation Of Vowel “i“
Understanding of Pronunciation of Vowel, Pronunciation of Consonants & Pronunciation of Diphthong is very important for being healthy in English, especially in English Speaking. Wrong pronunciation can change the meaning of a sentence or situation for which the particular word is used. Generally, beginner of any language crams Vocabulary but without clear and right pronunciation or wrong pronunciation, meaning or sense of the sentence can differ for other people. That’s why pronunciation plays a major role in language learning.
In this American English pronunciation Article section, we’re going to learn how to pronounce the i=ee as in the ‘She’ vowel.
This vowel is common in many languages. So let’s understand the mouth position for this vowel.
- To make it, the jaw drops just a little bit.
- The tongue tip stays behind the bottom front teeth.
- The middle/front part of the tongue arches up towards the roof of the mouth,
- Diminishing the space between the tongue and the roof of the mouth.
- The corners of the lips pull a little wide, i=ee.
- They’re not quite relaxed.
- Let’s feel this sound up close and in slow motion.
- A little jaw drops, tongue tip down and forward while the top front of the tongue arches towards the roof of the mouth.
- The corners of the lips pull out.
- In the word ‘please=[pliz]’,
- The i=ee vowel is stressed. Same position.
- When stressed, the vowel has the up-down shape of a stressed syllable: i=ee.
- When unstressed, it’s lower and flatter in pitch, quieter, and faster, i=ee.
- This is a very common ending unstressed vowel in American English because of all of the words that end in y,
- Like the word ‘busy=[‘bɪzɪ]’.
- Let’s feel this word up close and in slow motion.
- Jaw drops, the top front of the tongue arches up, and the corners of the lips pull out.
- Let’s compare the stressed i=ee in ‘please’, with the unstressed i=ee in ‘busy’,
- You can feel the mouth position for the unstressed i=ee is a little more relaxed. The jaw doesn’t drop as much.
- A more relaxed mouth position for the unstressed version of a vowel or diphthong is very common because they are shorter. So, there is less time to make the full mouth position.
- Stressed i=ee: need=[nid], i=ee (speak in slow speed)
- Unstressed: busy=[‘bɪz i], i=ee (speak quickly)
Hope this Article section helps you understand this sound.
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