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In [[Received Pronunciation]], the [[IPA]] [[phonetic symbol]] '''/i:/''' corresponds to the [[vowel]] sound in words like "tree" and "seat".
In [[Received Pronunciation]], the [[IPA]] [[phonetic symbol]] '''/i:/''' corresponds to the [[vowel]] sound in words like "fleece", "tree" and "seat".
==Common words==
==Common words==

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In Received Pronunciation, the IPA phonetic symbol /i:/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "fleece", "tree" and "seat".

Common words

Some common words which practice this pronunciation include the following:

  • with "ea": beat - breathe - cheat - cream - deal - dream - each - eat - heat - jeans - mean - please - reach - scream - seat - steal - steam - stream - teach - team - weak;
  • with "e" or "ee": eel - feel - he - keep - key - me - people - sea/see - she - sleep - speed - street - three - we;
  • with "ie" or "ei": belief - believe - receipt - receive;
  • others: people - suite;
  • homophones: feat/feet; genes/jeans; heal/heel; meat/meet; pea/pee/P; peace/piece; sea/see/C; scene/seen; steal/steel; suite/sweet; tea/tee/T; weak/week; we'll/wheel;

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following section aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.


While /i:/ is similar to the Spanish letter "i", it is actually much longer, and some Spanish speakers may have difficulty distinguishing between the vowel sound in "seen" and that of /i/, as in "sin", which is shorter than the Spanish "i".

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