The Front Vowels
The front vowels are pronounced in the front of the mouth with the front part of the tongue muscle. The tongue is arched high in the mouth and moves up toward the gum ridge for the vowel /iy/ as in see. It lowers slightly with each front vowel. The tip of the tongue remains low and behind the lower front teeth for each front vowel. Open the video link and watch my lip and jaw movements as I pronounce these front vowels. Print this page for samples of words with front vowels and refer to the text Well Said, page 189, for a graphic image of tongue placement for front vowels.
As you pronounce the following lists of words, feel the front part of your tongue arched high for the vowel in the first word. Then feel it move down slightly for each successive vowel. Play Video