Long and short I sounds
The long letter I sounds like the letter in the alphabet and the pronoun, “I”.
These words have the short i sound.
I is rarely, but sometimes, silent.
Diphthongs have a sliding sound, sometimes quite subtle.
acacia, burial, liar, militia, phobia
chief, die, lie, movie, niece
curio, lion, prior, riot, trio
genius, radius, sodium, stadium
Rules of pronunciation
i before e, except after c, gives us the sound of ee (or ē).
piece, retrieve, thief
conceive, receive, receipt
die, lie, tie
science, hierarchy, diet
- Look for words containing diphthongs and pronounce them carefully.
- Look for words containing the letter i between two consonants. Is it a long I or a short i? Is the letter E affecting the way the I is said?
Special reading assignment
- Instinct influenced Ira’s immediate intentions to irrigate the iris.
- The item is inserted inside the icon.