Hi all, if you say the word feet/feat with a grave/deep voice and say it quickly, would people understand it as fit? and vice versa, to say fit in a high voice slowly ... will it turn into feet/feat?
Thanks, so in all, there are no words that would sound the same if pronounced in a different speed (like the example I gave there), right? no case of that at all?No and no. In English (or to English speakers) there is a very clear difference between the long i in feet and the short i in fit. Don't let the name of those vowel sounds fool you. Both sounds can be made very rapidly, or very slowly and still sound totally different. Many languages do not have this distinction, and many learners struggle with this, but if you want to have a native-sounding accent, you'll have to figure it out.
HmmThere are a lot of words that would sound the same when spoken rapidly, but "fit" and "feet" generally don't. Perhaps if you try to say "feet" as quickly as you possibly can it will sound like "fit" (or maybe it will just sound like "ft"). And perhaps you can alter your voice to some unnatural degree where "fit" and "feet" sound the same (I can't; even when speaking at the top of my vocal range, they sound different). But within the bounds of natural speech, the words sound different.
The reason for saying like that is if I wanted to sing in such a way or maybe just to play/mold the word freely, because in my language there are no occurances like that ... as I said, if I say fit in a high pitched voice it goes til a limit that if I continue to a higher pitch (which I can) it will become feet ... the most acute sound of i and ee are not the same then? ... fit and feet in a piping voice (imagine a young girl screaming those words, almost shattering a glass) even then they would sound distinguishable?If your voice isn't naturally high-pitched, there's really no reason to say 'fit', or any other word, in such a way. And if it is naturally high-pitched, then I'm sure you would naturally pronounce 'fit' as 'fit'.
I'm imagining that situation, and yes, they would be distinguishable. Sorry, we just have more vowels in English than you do in Portuguese.fit and feet in a piping voice (imagine a young girl screaming those words, almost shattering a glass) even then they would sound distinguishable?
Hi, I can well distinguish them when a native speaks it naturally, I just put them in an extreme situation to know if they are told apart, in my language when we scream/shout in a piping voice the vowels seem to change a bit, and as a matter of fact I find hard to tell apart words like pen pan ban Ben man men ten tan ... ... by the way, THANKS EVERYBODYManOfWords, I'm curious to know whether you hear the difference between "feet" and "fit," when they are pronounced in our dictionary or on Forvo. Would you simply find it less trouble to pronounce "fit" as "feet," said quickly, or is it difficult for you to distinguish between the words when pronounced by native English speakers?