Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello people. This is Fanny. Welcome to this English pronunciation video. Now learning pronunciation is very important if you want to improve your English skills. So this is a very important video to watch. In this video we will focus on two English vowel sounds: /I/ and /i:/ Now I know they sound very similar, but they are different. And they are two very important vowel sounds in English. So let's start with our two example words: sit Now listen to how I pronounce this word. sit Can you hear the /I/ sound? sit Now listen to another word: seat Can you hear the pronunciation? seat /i:/ sound. seat sit seat I know it can be difficult at first. But with a little bit of practice, I'm sure you will hear them differently. Although they are similar, they are two different vowel sounds. So keep watching and I promise you by the end of this video you'll have improved your hearing and pronunciation of these two vowel sounds. Get ready students. I'm gonna help you make these vowel sounds /I/ and /i:/. I really want you to be able to hear the difference and to pronounce them correctly. It is very important for you to know the IPA spelling. Watch how I move my mouth. And always repeat after me in this video. I know that you can master these vowel sounds. Let's get started. First, let's try to make the sound /I/. So when you pronounce, it your tongue is a little higher in your mouth, closer to the front. /I/ Stretch out your lips a little. And it's a short sound. /I/ Repeat after me. /I/ /I/ /I/ Let's now practice with the word, sit. Repeat after me. sit sit sit Good guys. Let's now practice the second sound, /i:/. So the tongue has the same position. It's a little bit higher, closer to the front. But, when you say /i:/, you stretch out your lips a little more. And it's a long sound. /i:/ Your lips should feel a little tighter, too. /i:/ Repeat after me. /i:/ /i:/ /i:/ Let's practice with the word, seat. Repeat after me. seat seat seat Good guys. So we're going to use minimal pairs. They're words with very similar sounds, but the actual vowel sounds are different. And they're a very good way to practice these vowel sounds. So let's now practice together. First, just the sounds. Watch my mouth. And repeat after me. /I/ /I/ /I/ /i:/ /i:/ /i:/ /I/ /i:/ /I/ /i:/ /I/ /i:/ Can you see my mouth? Okay let's now practice with the words. sit sit sit seat seat seat sit seat sit seat sit seat Good job guys. Okay guys let's now move on to minimal pairs. I have a few for you. I'm gonna read them to you. I want you to be very careful. Look at my mouth - how it moves. And repeat after me. Let's get started. bid bead bin been bit beat bitch beach biz bees blip bleep chick cheek chip cheap chit cheat did deed dip deep fill feel fist feast fit feet fizz fees gin gene grid greed grin green hid heed hill he'll hip heap his he's hit heat ill eel is ease it eat itch each kid keyed kip keep knit neat lick leak lip leap mill meal mitt meet pick peek pill peel pip peep piss peace pit peat pitch peach risen reason slick sleek slip sleep slit sleet shin sheen sick seek sill seal sim seem sin seen sip seep skid skied skim scheme skit skeet still steel till teal tin teen wit wheat Let's practice further. I'm now going to show you some words and I want you to read them with the proper English vowel sound. /I/ or /i:/ Let's get started. Let's start with the first word. Now what's the pronunciation of this word? Is it sit or is it seat? Of course it is sit. Next word. Is it chick or is it cheek? It's chick. Next word. fill or feel? fill Next word. his or he's? Of course his. chin or cheat? Its cheat. Is it pip or is it peep? Of course people it's pip. Next word. bitch or beach? It's beach. Then we have sit or seat. Which one is it? It's seat. his oh he's? It's he's. And finally, is it hill or heel? It's heel. Great guys. Let's continue on. Okay guys, let's now move on to sentences. I have a few sentences for you with different /I/ and /i:/ sounds.