Short E Sound
e (pen, bed)

English Pronunciation, Lesson 07

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The short e sound (IPA symbol: e) can be found in English words such as: 
pen, bed, dead, said, spend, best, rest, again, ready.

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The short E sound
Watch the following video to learn how to pronounce this sound correctly:

(Note that in the video the term "soft palate" will be mentioned.
Soft palate means "the soft part at the back of the top of the mouth".)

Have you watched it? Good! Let's practice...

Say these words out loud (short E sound is bold):

1) bet

2) rest

3) bed

4) pen

5) said

6) spend

7) get

8) check

9) let

10) sweat

11) wet

12) yet

13) ten

14) again

15) ready

16) neck

17) head

18) when

Now say these sentences out loud (short E sound is bold):

1) I bet you haven't slept yet.

2) Get some rest.

3) When will you be ready?

4) He spends ten dollars a day.

5) My head is on my neck.

7) The floor is wet again.

8) He said: "Could you check if you have a pen?"

9) Can you help? Sure, no sweat (=no problem)!

10) Let's pet the cat.

Have you finished them all? Cool! 

Well done! You have completed the short E sound lesson.

Let's move on...

Your next lesson: Lesson 08, the Schwa Sound (the, about)

List of Lessons

Lesson 01: International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

Lesson 02: Word Stress and Syllables

Lesson 03: Long E sound (meet, see)

Lesson 04: Short I Sound (sit, hit)

Lesson 05: UH Sound (put, foot)

Lesson 06: OO Sound (moon, blue)

Lesson 07: Short E sound (pen, bed)

Lesson 08: Schwa Sound (the, about)

Lesson 09: UR Sound (turn, learn)

Lesson 10: OH Sound (four, store)

Lesson 11: Short A Sound (cat, fat)

Lesson 12: UH Sound (but, luck)

Lesson 13: Soft A Sound (arm, father)

Lesson 14: Long O Sound (boat, know)

Lesson 15: Long A Sound (say, pain, make)

Lesson 16: Short O Sound (not, off, socks)

Lesson 17: Diphthong (a combination of two vowel sounds)

Lesson 18: P Sound (cup, punch, pull) and B sound (cub, bunch, bull)

Lesson 19: The Nasal Sounds (M, N, NG)

Lesson 20: F Sound (four, lift, graph, tough) and V Sound (love, knives, grave, vine)

Lesson 21: W Sound (wow, quit, where)

Lesson 22: R Sound (red, sorry, write)

Lesson 23: H Sound (he, behind, who)

Lesson 24: T Sound (top, it, later) and D Sound (do, had, made)

Lesson 25: S Sound (sit, box, cats) and Z Sound (zip, buzz, boys)

Lesson 26: K Sound (kid, talk, black) and G Sound (go, big, dog)

Lesson 27: L Sound: Light L & Dark L (tall, like, English)

Lesson 28: Y Consonant Sound (yes, you, beyond)

Lesson 29: CH Sound (China, century, watch) and J Sound (Germany, educate , judge)

Lesson 30: TH Consonant Sounds – voiced TH sound (the, father, them) and voiceless (unvoiced) TH sound (think, birthday, south)

Lesson 31: SH (shop, chef, special) and ZH (usual, massage, Asia)

Lesson 32: T and TT Sounds (true T sound, D sound, stop sound, silent T)

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