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TWO SIMILAR VOWELS: TEAM AND TIM

The vowel in TEAM and the vowel in TIM are very similar, but they are two different sounds, and it is important to be able to hear the difference. For example: TIM is on the TEAM.


The vowel in TEAM is similar to the sound of the letter I in most languages. Your tongue is tense. The sound is long. But in English, there is a Y sound after it (knee: [kneey]).The vowel in TIM is different. Your tongue is relaxed. The sound is short. Your jaw lowers a little. Also, there is no Y sound after it.



PART 1: PRACTICE WORDS

TEAM TIM TEAM TIM TEAM TIM
Pete pit leap lip week wick
peek pick leak lick seat sit
peach pitch reap rip seed Sid
beat bit read rid seek sick
bead bid reach rich cheap Chip
bean been meet mitt cheek chick
meek Mick mean men sheep ship
deep dip neat knit feet fit
deed did weep whip sleep slip
seen sin wheat wit each itch


PART 2: LISTENING PRACTICE

A B
1. Did he SLEEP on the floor? Did he SLIP on the floor?
2. Donít PEEK at her scab. Donít PICK at her scab.
3. This is a short WEEK. This is a short WICK.
4. Your CHEEK has dirt on it. Your CHICK has dirt on it.
5. Do you like my new SHEEP? Do you like my new SHIP?


PART 3: PRACTICE SENTENCES

1. Did PETE fall in the PIT?

2. SID put the SEED in the ground yesterday.

3. The MEAN MEN wonít let me SIT on the SEAT.

4. The flea will LEAP on the LIP of MEEK MICK.

5. CHEAP CHIP will try to KNIT NEAT slippers to FIT his FEET.