ESL students can have a lot of difficulty with the ‘i’ and ‘ee’ sounds in English.
Short ‘i’ words like “rich”, “sit” and “live” often sound like “reach” “seat” and “leave”. I encourage my students to practice minimal pairs (words that are almost exactly alike except for one sound). This kind of practice will help students to learn the difference, and be able to correctly produce the sound in words.
Try these minimal pairs. Follow along with the audio of me reading the columns down.
Follow along with me reading the rows across.
Beginning students should practice down the columns. Advanced students should practice across the rows.
Click her for a free printable for practicing the ‘i’ and ‘ee’ sounds.