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The short -i vowel sound of FISH.

1 How to make this sound

hit it
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

Sound Sound

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,

4 - Visible nouns using the short -i- sound of 'hit it big'

Click the pictures to hear the words
Fish, Kitten, Pig, ..
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5 - Limerick

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A sea horse is a kind of fish
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7 - Another Limerick

8 - Listen and repeat

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  1. Which city is good to live in ?
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  2. Will you fit in this ?
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  3. pretty women finish more quickly
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  4. I insist that you sit on the tin
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  5. The pig is licking the rubbish bin.
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  6. The little ticket is for the cricket.
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  7. It's inside the difficult little bits.
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  8. Stick this pin in the fish's fin.
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  9. Little Linda hit the ball over the hill.
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  10. He invited Lily into the institute.
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9 - Exercise

Write the word that does not usually have the FISH sound -i-
  1. Hit, bit, did, eat
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  2. bin, woman, little, light
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  3. nice, list, chrisp, lip
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