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Which of these words has the 'ee' vowel sound, like in the word 'green'?

Which of these words has the 'i' vowel sound, like in the word 'hit'?

Does the word 'listen' have an 'ee' or an 'i' sound in English?

Does the word 'mister' have an 'ee' or an 'i' sound in English?

Which word rhymes with 'kiss'?

Does the word 'milk' have an 'ee' or an 'i' sound in English?

"I live in Sweden." Does the word "live" have an 'ee' or an 'i' vowel sound in English?

If you change the vowel sound from 'ee' to 'i' in the word 'feel,' it becomes...

Does the word 'steal' have an 'ee' or an 'i' vowel sound in English?

There is a difference in the vowel sounds between the words 'seal' and 'steel'.


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151 Comments on “English Pronunciation – I & EE”


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hi h r u i wanna ask u question but plz answer me u see should study grammar to speak same neative speakers or not cuz neative speajers told me shouldnt study grammar specially tensces bye

Saturday, November 20th 2010

    Hi Alex! I’m looking for some private one-on-one tutoring. Are you teaching student in this way?
    Thanks.
    Oleg.

    Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

      Hi Oleg, at the moment I am not doing any one-on-one tutoring. The work I have right now keeps me very busy!

      Tuesday, November 30th 2010

        No problem Alex. Maybу you now someone who can inprove my English with one-on-one tutoring in Mississauga area? Thank you. Oleg.

        Wednesday, December 1st 2010

    Grammar is the foundation of the English language. If you don’t know how to use tenses or things like word position, you are going to run into problems very quickly. You can pick up a lot of vocabulary without understanding grammar too much, but you will still need to learn how to use proper grammatical structures to make correct sentences that native speakers can understand.

    Tuesday, November 30th 2010

Hey Alex: How you doig? Thanks for the lessons….
Listen, my English is no so good that’s why I recommend this page a lot. Could you please tell me if this sentence is correct?

“If I had had enough money years back, I would have gone to a better university”.

Thanks.

Saturday, November 20th 2010

    It is correct, but “years back” is not very common in modern English. I know this usage is still common in India, but we don’t use it much in North America. You could say “years ago” instead. As you may have noticed, you repeat the word “had” here. That’s correct, but it does make sentences a bit awkward.

    Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

      “you repeat the word “had” here. That’s correct, but it does make sentences a bit awkward.”

      please Alex, give me an example.

      Wednesday, November 24th 2010

        In conversational English, a lot of people just leave out the first had: “If I had enough money years ago, I would have…” — but that is not really correct. One way you can make it seem less awkward is to contract the first had like this: “If I’d had enough money…”
        Hope that helps!

        Monday, November 29th 2010

          Thanks Sharon

          Thursday, December 2nd 2010

          thanks SHARN …

          Monday, April 9th 2012

          And I see you are very cute too Sharon…
          Ciao!

          Thursday, July 12th 2012

          money is not all thing

          Tuesday, September 11th 2012

        “Had had” is using the past perfect tense, which is correct. It means that one event happened before another one in the past. Here are a couple of examples:

        “I had lived in China for 3 years before I moved to France.”

        “If I had had a car, I would have gotten to work a lot quicker when I was in high school.”

        The formula is “had + past participle.” In this case, the second “had” is the past participle for “have,” and is absolutely correct. However, in spoken English we often contract the first “had” and say “If I’d had…” because it sounds less awkward than repeating the same word two times in a row.

        Tuesday, November 30th 2010

          got it.. thanks

          Thursday, December 2nd 2010

          hi alex i want to ask something. i have heard people to speak got instead of gotten.Could u tell me that wich is the third form of get and wich word i should use when i m putting third form of get like ” i have got your mail.” or “i have gotten your mail.” plz tell me wich is the correct sentence. i m looking forward for your reply and thanks for the classes.

          Wednesday, November 7th 2012

    Hi Alx thank you four all your lesson I don;t know how to thank you A lex you agood teacher every bady you beacuase you good teacher

    Tuesday, November 30th 2010

alex u r very excellent teacher

Saturday, November 20th 2010

thanks a lot

Saturday, November 20th 2010

ShEET vs. ???

I really don’t know, Alex. Please say it. LOLLLL

Saturday, November 20th 2010

    welcome
    my skype is bright2304

    Saturday, November 27th 2010

    wow, grow up!

    Monday, November 29th 2010

    iam a man and I would like to find people who can talk english with me on skype or on yahoo messenger in order to practice. I am giving IELTS in August 2011 too thank alot

    Saturday, December 4th 2010

      yes i have also an exam in summer so i can practise english with you

      Wednesday, February 16th 2011

      i am ready to talk dude..
      even i m interested to talk with the people who speak good english…
      thanks

      Thursday, February 17th 2011

    laugh out loud

    Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

good teacher
Explain the process of pronunciation is excellent, Thank you, Mr.

Sunday, November 21st 2010

thanks you very much..this is very useful

Sunday, November 21st 2010

Can I say, If they do come I am very happy.

Sunday, November 21st 2010

Beginner

Monday, November 22nd 2010

Nice one !!!!!!!

Monday, November 22nd 2010

Thanks !

I really thanks very much for your lesson Sir.

Monday, November 22nd 2010

hi Mr, Alex thank you for this important lesson that helped me to correct my pronunciation so I have to repeat and repeat to pronounce well ‘i’ and ‘ee’.

Monday, November 22nd 2010

thanks for this lesson it´s very useful for us

Monday, November 22nd 2010

i wanna finish this confusion by asking you this question .there are two sentences ……………
”they have to do it by themselves ” or
”they have to do it by their own”
they both are meaning the same . which one is correct and when we have to use which one

Monday, November 22nd 2010

    The correct way of using these expressions is like this:

    “They have to do it by themselves.”
    “They have to do it on their own.”

    Both sentences share a similar meaning, which is that “they” must do something without anyone else’s help.

    Tuesday, November 30th 2010

it,s great to be with engvid.com lessons

Monday, November 22nd 2010

i like this quiz. also a have learn so much from this video

Monday, November 22nd 2010

thank u so much.
it is useful . I love your way of learning how to pronuciating ..

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

I’m looking for some private one-on-one tutoring. Are you teaching student in this way?
Thanks.
Oleg.

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010

thanks for lessons

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

Alex: Please give me an example using the same sentence

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

I´m still repeating these words hahahah very funny because until now I made mistakes like seat, sit and shit which is worse….kkkkkk thank you for teaching us these pronunciations…

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

    No problem. I’m glad it has helped you.

    Tuesday, November 30th 2010

i would like ur teaching style.
u teach very nicely and gentelly.

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

    Thank you. :)

    Tuesday, November 30th 2010

thanks it is fun

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

thanks alex your classroom so great and you voice it very soft, i can understand all you taught , thanks

Thursday, November 25th 2010

thanks Alex

Thursday, November 25th 2010

I am very happy Learning English, u r very excellent teacher.

Thursday, November 25th 2010

Thanks for help me!
Is very good!

Saturday, November 27th 2010

thanks

Saturday, November 27th 2010

thank you

Monday, November 29th 2010

Thanks a lot

Monday, November 29th 2010

thank you for this lesson

Monday, November 29th 2010

nice working and very smart style teach.

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

I am shaking your hand, good teacher

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

Hi Alex, thank you for this lesson!
I have a little question, I always see people thanking you sometimes they write “Thank you very much” and they write “Thanks a lot” as well.
So please what’s the difference between “Thanks a lot” and “Thank you very much”

Friday, December 3rd 2010

    They are pretty much the same in meaning, but “Thanks a lot” is more informal.

    Monday, December 13th 2010

great teacher; thank you so much

Saturday, December 4th 2010

thank you so much sir. Thanks to u my problem with these two sounds has solvet.

Monday, December 6th 2010

thank you… can i asking something?
what’s the different about english british and english america in grammar?..

Friday, December 10th 2010

    dont u know

    Tuesday, December 28th 2010

hi alex if i aske u a quetion i have a little problem in english languge that problem is i can understand when the peopole took to me put i cant reply it well and i dont know the proble and the other problem is i dont know a much new words when ever i need to lear a much word i cant remorise it after a whil munet iam gone forget it and also spelling so pls give me so advice i like to speak english as well as i need thanks so much

Saturday, December 11th 2010

    So, basically you have problems to answer correctly and you easily forget the new words just learned. Is that what you mean?

    Monday, August 1st 2011

Thanks

Friday, December 17th 2010

Hi Alex. I have visited this site the first time.I like your lessons. Your english is understandable for me and your lessons are very useful. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

awesome dude

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

i like it

Tuesday, December 28th 2010

thank you Alex you are a good teacher

Friday, December 31st 2010

This test was dificult, but I did it. anyway I will do it better next time, thanks Alex for your effort. I made some mistakes, I hope you understand my handwriting

Thursday, January 13th 2011

Thank you for the good lesson

Saturday, January 15th 2011

hi Alex! I REALLY LIKE YOUR LESSONS ESPESIALLY BY WRITTING :) i want to learn more about times (in grammar)

Saturday, January 29th 2011

Alex, you were very helpful, explaning the ee and i sound. thanks for explaining how to position your tongue when saying the i sound smile for the ee sound. Thank so much. Can you explan the R sound u sound
look for to hearing from you.

Saturday, January 29th 2011

I love this quiz very much. It would be very helpful for me to know how well my pronunciation is.. thank you

Saturday, February 5th 2011

It was a great lesson! I love it!can you tell me more…

Saturday, February 5th 2011

Thanks a lot ! It is really important nformation for me !

Monday, February 7th 2011

I’m a colombian English teacher as well. I just know this, and found it really usefull for my lessons I’m thankful of knowing nonprofit people that want to share their knowledge. I will recomend this webpage.

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

Thanks you!! Alex =] all the teacher here it so Good =] Thanks you

Thursday, February 17th 2011

It is difficult to study english

Saturday, February 19th 2011

It is useful.

Tuesday, March 1st 2011

Hi Alex brother how are you?
you said that Little we use for non count non but money is count noun .
money we can count it
one dollar . two dollars etc soooooo

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Thanks very much

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Its really good way to pronounce English words…

Thursday, March 3rd 2011

thanks alot

Thursday, March 3rd 2011

Hi Alex how are you?
i like your teaching u r the great i swear i like ur teaching bye

Friday, March 4th 2011

thank you. i like this program very much
i hope my english can improve

Tuesday, March 8th 2011

I like it.!
nice work.!
regards

Wednesday, April 6th 2011

This thing dose not make scene at all

Sunday, April 17th 2011

This is so difficult but you are an excelent teacher

Wednesday, April 20th 2011

Thanks teacher Alex. Your lesson is easy to understand.
Could you please tell me the way to pronounce/s/ and/z/?

Sunday, May 1st 2011

thank you so much alex
I really i improve my english with you

Thursday, May 5th 2011

Hi! I have some doubts about “ea” sound

How we can distinguish the following sounds?

1- read, bead, meat, seat, please, tease, cheat, idea, weapon, sea, beat, heat, least, dream, repeat, beak, team, seal, deal, squeak, speak, sneak, peak, leak, preach, squeal, real, scream, eager, clean, veal, easily

2- bread, head, feather, pleasure, weather, leather, dead, ready, pleasant, instead, breakfast, spread, dread, measure, treasure, threat, steady, health

Saturday, May 7th 2011

thanks teacher

Sunday, May 8th 2011

THANKS ALOT

Sunday, May 8th 2011

nice lesson my score is 10 out of 10 ^_^ thanx alex could you pleas pot a lesson about the difference between the i sound like bitter and the e sound like better its very difficult for me thanx again

Monday, May 9th 2011

Thanks…Alex…!!!!!

Thursday, May 26th 2011

hi alex i heard for many your lesson ilike it very much
thank you verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyy much now i understand evry thig

Saturday, June 11th 2011

it is very nice and usefull. i like to learn english with you.

Saturday, June 11th 2011

thank you very much

Saturday, July 2nd 2011

Alex,Thanks for help me! Is very good!
all that I can tell you is tha engvid have a very good teachers. thank a lot.

Sunday, July 3rd 2011

Thank you very much

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

Hi Alex.. please correct me if I’m wrong..
the word “steel” has the /ee/ sound and “still” has the /i/ sound, am i right? so are we talking here about long E and short E? in IPA, how’d you write those two words? Cuz I learned that long E is written in IPA as /i/ and short E as /I/… I’m confused now… please give more example… :) thanks.. :)

Monday, July 11th 2011

got a perfect score anyway!!! :) thaaaaanksss!!!! :)

Monday, July 11th 2011

I am really enjoying

Your style how you teach,really easy to understand.Gog bless you.

Sunday, July 31st 2011

Thanks friends. This videos are really useful. I’m an English teacher and I have used them with some of my students.
They are great!!! Please, keep it up.

Monday, August 1st 2011

Thanks teacher for this leasson

Saturday, August 20th 2011

u r a great teacher alex

Friday, September 30th 2011

Hi Guys! I love this site!!! I just discovered it!!and I love it!! Thanks for your classes are PERFECT!! Greetings from El Salvador!!

Monday, October 17th 2011

I got 9 out of 10 in quiz.

Friday, December 9th 2011

very cool

Wednesday, December 14th 2011

thank you teacher alex,and teacher sharon for your answers.

Sunday, December 18th 2011

very nice

Tuesday, December 20th 2011

it’s very useful. have nice day.

Monday, December 26th 2011

DO THE FOLLOWING WORDS THE SAME PRONOUNCIATION: KISS AND KEY?

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012

this is mt first time!! it’s very useful site!! thank u!!

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012

I very love your voice!

Wednesday, March 14th 2012

Thank you very much . I got my score was 100. Or I got my score 100. My score is 10 out of 10. Help! Mahalo

Tuesday, April 17th 2012

Hi Alex!, I´m new in this internet page, and I like it, just I see a videos of you about pronuntiation and grammar and it´s great!, thank you; I´m from Mexico and I study english lenguaje and I want to see this page for learn english.

Saturday, April 21st 2012

thanks lot muster

Thursday, May 10th 2012

Thank you Alex..!!

Monday, June 18th 2012

Thanks Alex. I am from Brazil, we speak portuguese, and those kind of words have very difficult pronunciation for us, because the vowel have changed pronunciation in portuguese. It was hard but I am training a lot.

Friday, June 29th 2012

Why is “He is an uncle of John” is wrong. and should be uncle of John’s?

Saturday, June 30th 2012

    Actually, both aren’t really correct. You should say one of the following:

    “He is one of John’s uncles,” or “He’s John’s uncle.”

    Wednesday, July 18th 2012

      will you add me with yourself at yahoo or at facebook i want you to help me in english plz it’s my polite request

      Monday, August 27th 2012

It was a very useful lesson!

Monday, July 9th 2012

What is the difference between
1 should have and should have been
2 would have and would have been
3 could have and could have been

Sunday, July 15th 2012

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Your lessons are very helpful!

Saturday, September 1st 2012

Thank you for these lessons,,, what is the name of your Skype

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

Hi Alex,
I wonder if the sound ‘i’ is like the ‘é’ in french.
Thanks.

Monday, October 1st 2012

thank u so much Alex for this lesson

Friday, October 5th 2012

thanks a lot for this lesson; the sounds /i/ and the sound /ee/ .but i still have the problem on these sounds.i’d like to know the rule of these sounds .it means when we say /i/ and when do we say/ee/.and thaks a lot for this lesson.

Saturday, October 20th 2012

@patilrr : It´s the problem of using modal verbs with past infinitives, which changes the meaning and usually moves the action to the past. But not only. There also are slight differences in their meaning. I think it could be a problem for students but a good grammar book with several exercises, mainly translations.

Monday, October 22nd 2012

Hehe, sorry, haven´t finished my comment…..

….a good grammar book with several exercises, mainly translations should solve it.

Monday, October 22nd 2012

hi good evening, im a 2nd year student and i would like to ask if ee or [I] in our speech are the same ?

Tuesday, November 13th 2012

Many thanks!!!

Saturday, November 17th 2012

I have a problem with Up, out and off . when should I use them after words , such like listen up what’s the difference between saying listen and listen up > also hear me out , clean things up , I stay off my phone , kick off. anyways I hope u understand what did I mean , please make a lesson about this and you’re an awesome teacher <3

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

Hey I just wanted to thank you for this very usefull video. This is one particularly difficult vowel to acquire for french speakers like me. So, thanks!

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

thank you

Thursday, February 14th 2013

Thank you!
Thank Engvid.com

Friday, March 1st 2013

Thank you foy your help. Alex.

Wednesday, March 20th 2013

How do you know how to pronounce a word you don’t know if you don’t have a dictionary with phonemic symbols with you?

Monday, April 29th 2013

Thank you so much for your lessons ! I very appreciate them !

Tuesday, May 14th 2013

hhhhhhhhhhhhhhHahahahahahhhhh
good lesson
hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahaha
good morning
i love english
HA HA HA
thank you

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

hhhhhhhhhhhhhhHahahahahahhhhh
good lesson
hhhhhhhahahahaha
good morning
i love this lesson
HA HA HA hhhhhh
many thanks for you

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

Hi Alex, thank you for this very important lesson. In this lesson I noticed, that I have problem with the pronounciation of the english letter “l” in words like hill. The polish L sounds different.

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Hi Alex,
not related to the video at all but, could you tell me what the difference between those two sentences is ? :

1- My brother’s so tan
2- My brother’s so tanned
?? thank you

Friday, June 28th 2013

Which rules of pronunciation for “ea”, “i”, “ee”, etc?

Friday, July 5th 2013

I read all the comments, now I know whom to ask when I have a problem. Thanks, an interesting lesson!

Thursday, October 10th 2013

Hi Alex! It is a plesure to discover your lessons! I am French and I try everyday to improve my grammar and my Englsh vocabulary to understand To understand better the subtleties of your language: you are an excellent teacher! Thank you for your lessons, I am going to be a diligent student!

Saturday, December 28th 2013

Hi Alex,
thanks for another great lesson. EngVid helps me improve my English very much.
take care

Wednesday, March 26th 2014
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