E and I sounds – English Pronunciation
The basic English vowels are “a”, “e”, “i”, “o”, “u”.
For people in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, etc. speaking countries, it’s very hard to learn the pronunciation of English sounds for the letters “e” and “i” as their native pronunciation of these letters is completely the opposite.
The pronunciation clue for you is:
e – eee
i – eye
The vowels combinations “ea” and “ee” are pronounced the same like “ee” (the double “e” sound). And the words ending with “it” are pronounced like “it”.
Check out the video for the pronunciation of following example words:
beat – bit
heat – hit
meet – mitt
feet – fit
sheet – shit
Note that some of the words could have the different spelling but the exact same pronunciation, like “meet” and “meat” (I would meet you at the station. I like to eat meat.)
And, of course, be careful with the last one. Having learned to pronounce this word right, you’d better remove it from your vocabulary completely. Be nice guys and gals!