Sound

English Pronunciation

Vowels: long e sound /i/

Listen to the long e sound

ESL/ELL/EFL long e sound pronunciation

long e illustration

How to pronounce the long e sound

The tongue is forward, with the body of the tongue near the tooth ridge. (The tongue is higher in the mouth for this sound than for any other vowel in English.) Because the tongue is so high, the jaw is relatively closed during the long e sound. The sides of the tongue touch the top, side teeth during the sound.

NOTE: This sound is very similar to a y sound.


Common long e spellings

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
ee keep
free
seem


none
ea each
dream
tea



short e (dead)
ie_e piece
grieve
achieve


none
ie[1] brief
priest
field


long i (pie)
-y happy
marry
pony


long i (my)
-e[2] me
we
she


none

[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.

[2] -e spelling
The -e spelling is pronounced as the long e only in single-syllable words where the e is the final and only vowel in the spelling of the word.


The long e sound in suffixes

spelling example   other pronunciations for spelling
-cy agency
fluency
efficiency


none
-ity quality
ability
reality


none
-logy trilogy
apology
mythology


none
-graphy photography
choreography
topography


none

The consonant+y suffixes are most frequently pronounced with a long e sound. An exception is the -fy suffix, which is usually pronounced with a long i sound (as in the words notify and glorify).


Non-phonetic long e words

The long e sound is underlined in the following words:
ski
people
weird
receipt





Rate this material:


Share this page at your favorite social networking site!





Discuss this topic in our Forums!


Exercises

short e / short i / long e minimal set

High-frequency ea Spelling: long e

High-frequency ea Spelling: short e

Quizzes

long e/short e quiz

-ea- spelling, long e or short e

long e/short i/short e/short u

Long vowels pre-quiz

Long Vowels Minimal Sets

Sound Practice

long e

Pronuncian Lessons

Lessons  

  

This lesson is available for purchase in:

Vowels eBooklet

PDF ebook $15 USD

Add to Cart

Download the book right now!

Click here to learn more about the book.


This lesson is available for purchase in:

Pronunciation Pages 2

PDF ebook $38 USD

Add to Cart

softcover$48 USD

Add to Cart

Download the book right now!

Click here to learn more about the book.


Click here to join Pronuncian for full online access to all exercises and quizzes for this lesson.


Top-Ranked Lessons

Compare long a/long e/long i
Compare short a/short e
Introduction to Approximant Sounds
Consonant + /r/: Initial Consonant Clusters
schwa+r /ɚ/
Introduction to Stops
d sound /d/
b sound /b/
g sound /ɡ/
k sound /k/
Letter x Pronunciation: k+s or g+z