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Unit 6. Meet, Met.

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The Vowel Sounds /i:/ and /e/

Unit 6; Part A

6.1.jpgWhen you say the letters of the alphabet, E has the long vowel sound /i:/. You hear this sound in the word meet. But the letter E can also be pronounced as the short vowel sound /e/, as in the word met.
Listen to the sound /i:/.
Look at the mouth diagram to see how to make this long vowel sound.

Listen to the target sound /i:/ in the words below and compare it with the words on each side.

met    meat    mate
list     teast    last
bay     bee     beer
bit      beat     bet

 Listen and repeat these examples of the target sound.
     key        keys        keeps
     pea       peas       piece
     scene    seas       seat

 Steve keeps the cheese in the freezer.
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idea.jpgImportant for listening!When there is an /i:/ sound before the letter R at the end of a word, many speakers add the vowel /∂/ and do not pronounce the /r/. Compare the vowels in these words: knее - near, pea - pier, he - hear. Many dictionaries give this vowel before R as /i∂/.
 

Unit 6; Part B

 
6.3.jpgListen to the sound /e/.
Look at the mouth diagram to see how to make this short vowel sound.

Listen to the target sound /e/ in the words below and compare it with the words on each side.

man      men     mean
heard   head    had 
mate     met     meat
sit          set      sat

 


 Listen and repeat these examples of the target sound.
      test       death       red
      triend       said       many
      check       shelf       leg

 
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Unit 6; Part C

Spelling

  frequently
sometimes
notes
/i:/ 
ЕЕ (feet), EA (eat)
E-E (scene)
E (me)
IE (piece
Many other vowel sounds are spelt EA,
though /i:/ is the most common.
/e/
E (men)
EA (death), lE (friend)
A (many), Al (said)  
If E is followed by R, the vowel is not /e/, but /з:(r)/ for example in serve.
(See Unit 19. )


 



Exercises


flag.jpgListen to the letters of the alphabet. If the letter has the sound /i:/, write ее under it. If it has the sound /e/, write e under it. If the letter does not have /i:/ or /e/, don't write anything. Key6.8.jpg
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flag.jpgChange the vowel sound from /e/ to /i:/ in these words. Write the new words.
Example:

met    meat 

1    check   
2    red 
3    bet  
4    men 
5    fell
_______cheek    
_______read
_______beat
_______mean
_______feel
6   sweat 
7   well 
8   set 
9   fed 
10 led 
_______sweet    
_______wheel
_______seat
_______feed
_______lead
 


flag.jpgFind a way from Start to Finish. You may pass a square only if the word in it has the sound /i:/. You can move horizontally or vertically only. Key6.9.jpg
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Listen and circle the word you hear. Key1.men   2.pain   3.beer
4.leave   5.bird   6.left


1    Men or man?   Did you see the men / man?
2    Pen or pain?   I've got a pen / pain in my hand.
3    Bear or beer?   That's a strong bear / beer.
4    Live or leave?    I want to live / leave.
5    Bed or bird?   Did you see the bed / bird?
6    Left or lift?    You should take the left / lift.

Follow up: Record yourself saying the sentences in 4, choosing one of the two words. Make a note of which words you say. Then listen to your recording in about two weeks. Is it clear which words you said?

 
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