In this English accent practice lesson, you will learn and practise examples of the /iː/ diphthong.

Practise /iː/ |Click the audio player to listen to this English accent practice lesson.

Improve your British accent by practising the /I/ vowel in example words and phrases. Follow this epeat-after-me audio lesson to improve your English accent.

English accent practice: the keyword for /iː/ is 'BOY'
English accent practice: the keyword for /iː/ is ‘BOY’

The /iː/ vowel is otherwise called the SHEEP vowel or ‘LONG E’ (in phonics).

English Accent Practice: /iː/ Examples

Now practise your British accent by repeating with the individual words and example phrases below. Pay close attention to your articulation and repeat-after-me as clearly as possible.

Not every word examples in the phrase section contains an /iː/ vowel, but must do. There is at least one /iː/ vowel in each example phrase:

we                   we buy any car 

appreciate       I appreciate you 

equal               all things being equal 

even                two is an even number 

evening           good evening Mr Jones 

evil                  the battle of good versus evil 

female             a female deer is a doe 

frequent          he’s a frequent visitor 

metre              parking metre

athlete             athletes train very hard 

complete         complete and utter failure 

delete              I recommend you delete Facebook 

scene               setting the scene 

theme             fancy dress party theme 

gene                gene, DNA, chromosome 

beach              I said beach, not bitch 

bead                shiny bead necklace 

beat                 don’t beat around the bush 

breathe           breathe in and breathe out 

cheat               cheaters never prosper 

cream              anti-aging cream 

creature          what a disgusting, horrid creature! 

leaf                  like a leaf blowing in the wind 

lean                 lean minced beef 

meat                lovely meat pies 

mean               I didn’t mean to be mean, but… 

reveal              all will be revealed 

sea                   swimming in the Black Sea 

team                she’s not a team player 

teach               teach a man to fish 

weak                weak immune system 

weasel             pop goes the weasel 

Extend Your Learning

▶︎ Learn and practise Short /ɪ/

▶︎ An Introduction to learning IPA via EngVid

▶︎ Get a Clear and Confident accent: Join my Clear Accent Course ✔︎

Free Lesson

Professional English: 12 Words You Pronounce Incorrectly.

Quickly remove these embarrassing mistakes by signing up (for email subscribers only).



Jade Joddle grows your confidence and skill to shine when speaking English.

Comments are closed.