VOWEL SOUND – A Diphthong /ie/ Listening and speaking skill
Diphthong is a “double sound” vowels because the articulation involves a glide from one vowel quality to the other. A diphthong is therefore, a vowel which change its qualify in the process of its articulation e.g ‘boy’ starts with /b/ and ends with /i/. So the shape of the lip changes from “rounded” to “spread”. In English and the phonetics, there are eight diphthong /ei, 2U, eU, eU, ci, i2, e2, U2/
/i2/_When one pronounce the word ‘here, the shape of the lips remains neutral from the beginning of the articulation of the diphthong to the end, while the glide begin with a tongue position for /i/ and moves in the direction of /e/. The spelling symbols for /ie/ are listed below:
“ere” as in here
“ear” as in hear
“eer” as in beer
“eir” as in weird
Note: Find out more on these sign symbols.