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Vowels: long i sound /ɑɪ/

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ESL/ELL/EFL long i sound pronunciation

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How to pronounce the long i sound

The long i is a 2-sound vowel that ends in a brief y sound.

Part 1: At the beginning of the sound, the tongue is low and touches the bottom, side teeth.

Part 2: As the jaw closes slightly, the body of the tongue moves upward until it is near the tooth ridge, similar to the position of a y sound. The front sides of the tongue touch the inside of the top, side teeth.


Common long i spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
i_e (VCe) ice
hide
smile


none
igh light
bright
sigh



none
ie[1] tie
pie
die


long e (brief)
-y shy
sky
dry



long e (happy)
-y- cycle
dynamic
hyper



short i (symbol)

[1] ie spelling
Along with the long e and long i pronunciation, the ie spelling is occasionally pronounced as two adjacent vowel sounds, such as the words quiet, alien, and science. Consult a dictionary to be certain of the pronunciation of unfamiliar words spelled ie.


The long i sound in suffixes

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
-ize/-ise emphasize
exercise
improvise


none
-fy clarify
specify
identify


none

Non-phonetic long i words

The long i sound is underlined in the following words:
eye
mind
kind
child
buy






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High-frequency y Spelling: long i

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