Sound Contrast: /I/ vs. /i/

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Listen to the difference between the vowel sounds (/I/ vs. /i/) in the following pairs of words.

  • bit bit | beat beat
  • bin bin | bean bean
  • gin gin | gene gene
  • grid grid | greed greed
  • grin grin | green green
  • grit grit | greet greet
  • lick lick | leak leak
  • mill mill | meal meal
  • mitt mitt | meat meat
  • pick pick | peek peek
  • pitch pitch | peach peach
  • sit sit | seat seat

Depending on your native language distinguishing the difference can be very easy or very difficult.

Test your ability to hear the difference between /i/ and /I/.

Instructions: listen to the word and then pick the best match.


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