Pronunciation exercises: /ɪə/ vs /ɪ/
In Received Pronunciation mirror and nearer have a different first vowel, i.e. these two words don't rhyme.
In General American there is no phoneme /ɪə/, because the difference between [ɪə] and [ɪ] is predictable: between vowels the sound is normally [ɪ], as in nearer [ˈnɪrər], in all other cases it's [ɪə] as in near [nɪər]. This means that mirror and nearer rhyme. In the United States people who distinguish these phonemes leave in the Northeast or South.
- With "er": Algeria - criterion - era - experience - interior - material - Nigeria - period - series - serious - we're
- Ending in "ering": adhering, persevering
- with "ear": appearance
- ending in "earing": appearing - clearing - fearing - hearing
- with "ee": cheerio,BrE eerie
- ending in "eering": engineering, volunteering
- With "ir": conspiracy, delirious, miracle, mirage, satiric, spirit
- With "yr": lyric, pyramid, syringe, tyranny
- With "irr": irradiate, irrational, irregular, mirror
/ɪə/ vs /ɪ/
- serious - Sirius;
- Decoding exercises: "erV" and "errV" for /ɪə/
- Decoding exercises: "irV", "yrV", "irrV" and "yrrV" for /ɪ/