The sequence "ee" very reliably represents IPA phoneme /iː/. The sequence "eer" very reliably represents /ɪər/. Together with the article on decoding difficulties, this page sets out some common (or not...) words teachers can use to help their students become more aware of how they can sound out more correctly the different sounds corresponding to words containing "ee".
/iː/[edit | edit source]
- agree - bee - beet - between - cheese - deed - deep - degree - employee - fee - feed - feel - feet - free - freedom - green - indeed - keep - leek - meet - need - peel - proceed - screen - see - seek - seem - sleep - speech - speed - street - sweet - teen - three - tree - week - wheel
- For unstressed /iː/ see Pronunciation exercises: /ɪ/ vs /iː/#Unstressed syllable.
- bungee - coffee - committee - Yankee
- Homophones: beet - beat - meet - meat; peek - peak; see - sea; steel - steal; week - weak;
/ɪə/[edit | edit source]
- beer - career - deer - engineer - peer - volunteer
- Homophones: deer - dear
Variant pronunciations[edit | edit source]
- As /iː/ or /ɪ/: been
Two syllables[edit | edit source]
- /ɪɪ/: reelect or re-elect
- /iːe/: preemptive or pre-emptive
Other[edit | edit source]
- /eɪ/: fiancee or fiancée