When speaking American English, one of the most common mispronunciations for Spanish speakers are the vowel sounds /iy/ & /I/.
- I call the first sound /iy/ as in Green.
- I call the second sound /I/ as in Silver.
Most of the Spanish speakers that I’ve worked with on accent and pronunciation don’t usually differentiate between these sounds.
Why It’s Important to Differentiate Between /iy/ & /I/?
In American English, failing to differentiate between the /iy/ & /I/ sounds creates breakdowns in communication.
If you don’t differentiate between the /iy/ & /I/ sounds, American listeners may get confused when you say words including:
- list & least
- sit & seat
- chip & cheap
- fill & feel
Learn the Difference!
Spanish speakers who want to speak American English clearly need to learn more about all 15 American vowel sounds (yup, we’ve got 15) including the sounds:
- /iy/ as in Green
- /I/ as in Silver
I teach you to say and differentiate between all of these sounds in my iBook, American Accent Fundamentals.
There’s a sample chapter available at the iBookstore. If you have an iPad, try it out. It’s fun, interactive and you’ll learn a lot!