The I in ING

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In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over how to pronounce the I in ING.

The ING ending
is written in IPA with the 'ih' as in 'sit' vowel followed by the NG consonant sound. But actually, when the IH vowel is followed by this consonant, it tends to sound a lot more like the 'ee' as in 'she' vowel. Take for example these words. Win, wing, and ween. 'Win' is written with the 'ih' as in 'sit' vowel. Wi-, wi-, win. 'Wing' is also written with the 'ih' as in 'sit' vowel, but clearly the vowel sound is different. Wi-, wi-, win, wi-, wi-, wing. It's actually a lot more like the sound in 'ween'. Wee-, wee-, ween.

So keep this in mind when you look up a word in the dictionary and find the IPA 'ih' as in 'sit' followed by the NG consonant sound. It is more like the 'ee' as in 'she' vowel. Let's look at some more examples.

Sing, si-i-i-i, sing. Nothing. Nothi-i-i-i, nothing. Winning, winni-i-i, winning. Ring. Ri-i-i-i, ring. I hope this helps to clear up the confusion that some students have when they hear this ING ending sounding so much like an 'ee' as in 'she'.

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