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The long -e- sound of "tree".

Compare to the short -i sound of FISH

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Bee keeper - About this sound

This long vowel is made with the lips fixed slightly open in a wide flat position. The tongue is slightly raised and the tip is resting and touching just in the middle of the back of the front bottom teeth. The sound resonates toward the throat, and the back of the tongue is slightly raised near the throat.
Compare to the short-i sound of FISH

Example words

The + vowel

The apples the bananas.

Spelt -ee-

tree, see, knee, week, speech, sheet, feet, cheese, sheep, peel, seem, queen, meet

Spelt -ea-

speak, seal, repeat, neat, easy lead, real, read, weak,

Other spellings

she piece, magazine
(silent -e), athlete (silent -e), evil, receive, key, be, siege, he, receive

Bee keeper - Childrens words

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Tree, Chinese, Green, ...
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  1. I feel as if I need to sleep.
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  2. Keep the key near your feet.
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  3. It's easy to eat meat.
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  4. I see sheep in the green fields.
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  5. These sheets keep me clean.
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  6. Green leaves between the trees
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  7. The athlete repeated the knee and feet treatment.
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  8. Please reach these pieces of cheese.
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  9. Peter's street is completely green.
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  10. I believed She would meet me in the east
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  11. The employee Laid siege to these evil magazines.
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