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  1. An Introduction to the IPA
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  2. Vowels: Pronunciation Tutorials
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  3. Vowels: Pronunciation Exercises
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  4. Vowels: Minimal Pairs
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  5. Consonants: Pronunciation Tutorials
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  6. Consonants: Pronunciation Exercises
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  7. Consonants: Minimal Pairs
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  8. 3 Pronunciations of Past Participles: -ED
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Lesson 4, Topic 7
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/e/ vs /ɪ/ – e.g. desk vs disk

Peter Smissen February 14, 2018
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Complete the exercise by:

  1. Listening to the MP3 and noticing the sound differences
  2. Listening & repeating each word out loud.

/e/ – /ɪ/ x 2

desk – disk
desk – dɪsk

dead – did
ded – dɪd

belt – built
belt – bɪlt

fell – fill
fel – fɪl

head – hid
hed – hɪd

left – lift
left – lɪft

mess – miss
mes – mɪs

bed – bid
bed – bɪd

beg – big
beg – bɪg

bell – bill
bel – bɪl

bet – bit
bet – bɪt

check – chick
ʧek – ʧɪk

gem – gym
ʤem – ʤɪm

hell – hill
hel – hɪl

hem – him
hem – hɪm

let – lit
let – lɪt

bend – binned
bend – bɪnd

bent – bint
bent – bɪnt

cheque – chick
ʧek – ʧɪk

deck – dick
dek – dɪk

fen – fin
fen – fɪn

get – git
get – gɪt

jest – gist
ʤest – ʤɪst

leapt – lipped
lept – lɪpt

messed – mist
mest – mɪst

meddle – middle
ˈmedl – ˈmɪdl

kept – kipped
kept – kɪpt

lest – list
lest – lɪst

set – sit
set – sɪt

peg – pig
peg – pɪg


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Practice phrases to read out loud:

  1. Kiss the crest of the cliff’s freshly cleft fissure.
  2. The hellish hill bent the bint over a bit for a bet.
  3. Steph gets the grit off the chick’s cheque quickly.
  4. Beth bets the bit about spitting gems in gyms is a fib.
  5. It’s a sin to send linen to Lennon in a bid to bed him.
  6. Ben got rid of his pens and pins in his red-lidded bin.
  7. The messed up pig sits in a massive set of pegs in the mist.
  8. His best friend’s fist wins a medal in the middle of the festival.
  9. Did Clint miss the mess of belts and disks he built on his desk.
  10. The undressed stiff-legged mastiff left his little limp leg in the lift.