The short -i vowel sound of FISH.
How to make this sound
Compare these two sounds. Make sure you do not merge them.
Beware! These are actually different sounds,
usually one is sounded for a shorter time but the real difference
is in the sound. It should be possible to say words with the short :i
sound stretched out and made longer, or say words with like tree
very quickly. The listener should hear each as a different sound.
Compare these two sounds . The short i sound of FISH
and the long-e i: sound of TREE
2 - letter "i"
hit, miss, sit, this, kit,
live (verb), fit, igloo, mint, ink,
initial, insist, print, ill, it, pill, trip, bin,
list, admit, little, is, King, Inch, Thing, Link, Levity,
Office, Simplicity, Skill
3 - Other spellings
Manager, pretty, build, busy, nymph, pocket,
plumeted, sieve, women, knowledge,
gym, mortgage, footage, patronage, equipment, Imperial,
Visible nouns using the short -i- sound of 'hit it big'
Click the pictures to hear the words
Fish, Kitten, Pig, ..
5 - Limerick
A citizen of Hitchin called Binks
Was a little bit given to drinks
He'd eagerly greet
All the people he'd meet
With sniggers, giggles and winks.
A sea horse is a kind of fish
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7 - Another Limerick
A quick witted kid from Madrid
Went fishing for prickly squid
One bit on his hook
and as he took a look
it slipped into the river and hid.
Listen and repeat
Click a 'native' speaker's flag for examples.
Try to copy the sounds.
- Which city is good to live in ?
- Will you fit in this ?
- pretty women finish more quickly
- I insist that you sit on the tin
- The pig is licking the rubbish bin.
- The little ticket is for the cricket.
- It's inside the difficult little bits.
- Stick this pin in the fish's fin.
- Little Linda hit the ball over the hill.
- He invited Lily into the institute.
9 - Exercise
Write the word that does not usually have the FISH sound -i-
- Hit, bit, did, eat
- bin, woman, little, light
- nice, list, chrisp, lip
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