Learn to pronounce the short i, long e, and ch sounds in this lesson. This video addresses the minimal pairs of reach and rich, peach and pitch, and each and itch.


reach and pitch /riʧ, rɪʧ/

peach and pitch /piʧ, pɪʧ/

each and itch /iʧ, ɪʧ/

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Hi everyone Jennifer from Tarle speech!

I had so many requests lately that we have another sound comparison lesson today. Our sounds are the long e and the short i. This is very confusing for many of my students. We’re going to break that down and both of these sounds are in combination with the c h sound that is right after them.

So let’s start with this c h sound ch.

How do we make this sound? What you are going to do is you are going to start by touching the tip of your tongue to the same spot where you would say a t sound t t t.

Put your tongue there – t- then pull your tongue back into the middle of your mouth. My lips are slightly rounded for this sound ch.


We have that part finished. Now let’s talk about this long e and the short i sound. The big difference here is that e is a tense sound and i is a more relaxed sound. So for that e we’re going to start by smiling. Your tongue will be very high and very flat in your mouth

e e e

Now if you watch what i’m going to do is I’m going just to relax my lips e i e i

And I have my hand here for a reason. You can see that as I relax my lips from that e i

my tongue will automatically pop down and be a little lower in my mouth. It’s still flat but it’s a little bit lower. So it’s high and tense. Pops down a little bit and is still high and flat but a little bit lower and more relaxed. So again let’s look at those two sounds e i e i e i

Now let’s add that c h e
each each each
and itch itch itch

And we actually have those words right here.

Let’s try this with some other sounds
reach reach reach
rich rich rich

So again
reach rich
reach rich

peach pitch
peach pitch
peach pitch

each itch
each itch

Let’s give these all a try one more time
reach peach each
rich pitch itch
reach rich
peach pitch
each itch

So reach for your goals and you will become rich!
I ate a peach after I had to pitch the ball to my friend.
Each time I use a new laundry detergent I get an itch.

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Thanks so much everyone. I appreciate you! Have a great weekend!