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I like to ride my bike.

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Tie

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How to make this sound

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The dyphthong vowel sound in the Englsh word 'fire'

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buyer fire, liar, tyre, pliers, flier,

Listen This vowel sound is often spelt i, ie, igh, y It is a a medium length vowel. The mouth is held open slightly and the lips are pulled laterally (smile position) a little. The jaw moves up from an open position towards the top teeth, but stays open a little. The tongue is flat and the tip is resting slightly on top of the bottom teeth. As the sound finishes, the tongue naturally retracts (goes back) very slightly. This sound is also a diphthong and the mouth moves quickly from an /ar/ sound to an /ee/ sound.

Example words

1 - "i**e"

dive, line, mine, smile, pile, crime, fire

2 - "ai"

ai, dial ,

3 - "ie"

diet, pie , lie, tie, lie,

4 - "i(nd)"

kind, behind, find, wind (verb), mind, blind.,

5 - "igh"

night, sigh, bright, light, tight, might

6 - "y"

guy, rye, my , cry , by, psychology,

7 - Other Spellings making this sound

Hi,

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                                                    /      \
                      o                            /        |
                       8ooooooooo               __________  |
                         ``8'                  /.-------. \ |
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                           / _____________________\ ._._.'.'(
                          / |                     \\ ``--'
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                        //  `|                      \\
                       //   |`                      . \
          .d888888b.  //     `|                   .'.'\\  .d888888b.
        o8Y'   .    `Y//      |`                  / /   \\Y'    .  .`Y8o
      oY'   .  .   . //Y8o     `|               .'.'  dY'\\  .  .     .`Yo
     dY  .     .    //   Yb    |`              / /   dY.  \\    .    .  .Yb
   dY .  .  . .  .//   . Yb    `|           .'.'   dY   . \\ . . . .     Yb
  oY.   . .   .  //  .    Yb   |`          / /    oY .    .\\  .  . .   . Yo
 o8    .   .  . // .    .  8b   `| =.=   .'.'    o8     .   \\ . .   .     8o
 8Y  .    . . .//__________Y8___|`_____ / /      8p  .     . \\.. .     .  Y8
 8............@/__ ........ 8   .'.  ..`.'       8............\@)...........8
 8    .   . (`-.__`--.__   d8  /. . |..  \       8     .  .  . . . .     .  8
 8b    .    .(@   `--.__`--.__|....  .... |      8b.    .   .  .  .   .    d8
 Y8 .    . .  `-._      `--.__|..   @     |      Y8   .  . . . . . . .  .  8Y
  Yb   .  .   .  .`-._   dp   |.... |.    |       Yb.     .    .    .     dp
   Yb.   .  . . . .   `-dp     \  . |... /         Yb .  .  .  .  .  .  .dp
    Yo. .     .    .  .op `--.__`.__|__.'           Yo. .      .      ..op
     `8o.  .  .  .  .o8'            |                `8o.  .   .   . .o8'
       `Y88booood888p'             =.=                 `Y88boooood888p'
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A cheerful lady on a bike
Went riding on top of a dyke
She fell into a boat
Could not keep afloat
and got bitten by a pike.

10 - The other dipthong vowels to practice

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