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  • Hello guys and welcome to this English pronunciation video.

  • In this video, I'm going to focus on two very important vowel sounds in English.

  • /ɛ/ and /ɪ/

  • Let's take two example words.

  • The first word is 'bed'.

  • Can you hear /ɛ/ the sound? 'bed'

  • Now the second word is, bid.

  • Can you hear the /ɪ/ sound?

  • bid bed bid

  • I know they sound similar, but they are different.

  • And with a little bit of practice, you will start hearing them differently.

  • I promise you that.

  • So keep watching.

  • Get ready guys.

  • I am going to help you make these sounds

  • /ɛ/ and /ɪ/.

  • I want you to be able to hear the difference and to pronounce them correctly.

  • It's very important, also

  • for you to know the IPA spelling.

  • Watch how I move my mouth.

  • And as usual, repeat after me.

  • I know that you can master these vowel sounds, So let's get to it.

  • So let's first practice how to make the sound /ɛ/.

  • So your tongue is in a middle part of your mouth.

  • /ɛ/

  • Watch my mouth.

  • How it moves.

  • /ɛ/

  • Can you watch my mouth and repeat after me now?

  • /ɛ/ /ɛ/ /ɛ/.

  • Okay let's now practice with a word, 'bed'.

  • Can you repeat after me?

  • bed bed bed

  • Good job.

  • Moving on to the sound /ɪ/.

  • Now your tongue - it's a little higher than for the /ɛ/ sound.

  • And you should stretch out your lips a little.

  • And it's a short sound.

  • /ɪ/

  • So let's practice.

  • Repeat after me.

  • /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/

  • Let's practice with a word, 'bid'.

  • Watch how my mouth moves and repeat after me.

  • bid bid bid

  • Okay guys, let's now use minimal pairs -

  • same words only the vowel sounds change.

  • They're a good way to practice these sounds.

  • But first just the sounds, so just watch how my mouth moves

  • and repeat after me.

  • /ɛ/ /ɛ/ /ɛ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/

  • Let's now take the words 'bed' and 'bid'.

  • Repeat after me.

  • bed bed bed bid bid bid

  • bed bid bed bid bed bid

  • Good, guys.

  • Okay guys, let's now read minimal pairs together.

  • Repeat after me.

  • And watch how my mouth moves.

  • Let's go.

  • beg big bell bill

  • belt built bet bit

  • bless bliss

  • check chick

  • clench clinch crept crypt

  • dead did desk disk

  • fell fill fleck flick

  • gem gym head hid

  • heck hick hell hill

  • hem him hex hicks

  • Ken kin led lid

  • left lift lest list

  • let lit

  • mess miss meddle middle

  • messed mist peg pig

  • pet pit set sit

  • quell quill

  • Okay let's continue practicing.

  • I'm now going to show you some words and I want you to read them with the proper

  • English vowel sound /ɛ/ and /ɪ/.

  • Let's get started.

  • Let's start with the first word.

  • Which one is it? 'beg' or 'big'?

  • It's beg.

  • Next word.

  • Which one is it? 'bet'or 'bit'?

  • It's 'bit'.

  • Next word.

  • Which one is it? 'mess' or 'miss'?

  • It's 'mess'.

  • The following word.

  • Which one is it? 'set' or 'sit'?

  • It's 'set' of course.

  • Next word.

  • Which one is it? 'left' or 'lift'?

  • lift Next word.

  • 'hell' or 'hill'?

  • 'hill' obviously.

  • Next word.

  • 'beg' or 'big'?

  • It's 'big' this time.

  • Next word.

  • 'dead' or 'did'?

  • It's 'dead'of course.

  • Then we have 'mess' or 'miss'?

  • It is 'miss'.

  • And finally, 'dead' or 'did'?

  • 'did'

  • Great guys!

  • Let's continue on.

  • Okay guys.

  • Moving on to sentences now.

  • I have sentences for you and they're filled with /ɛ/ and /ɪ/ sounds.

  • Repeat after me.

  • The first sentence is,

  • 'Ken did not sit on the hill.'

  • The second sentence,

  • 'My pet pig fell off the cliff.'

  • And finally,

  • 'Set the big desk in the middle.'

  • Good job, guys.

  • Let's carry on.

  • Great guys.

  • Well now you have a better understanding of

  • the difference between the English vowel sounds /ɛ/ and /ɪ/.

  • Keep practicing.

  • Practice makes perfect.

  • I know you can do it.

  • And make sure to watch the rest of my pronunciation videos.

  • They're very important if you want to improve your English skills.

  • See you next time.

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