Platzi English Academy: Leave vs. live, pronunciation training


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“I speak English, but I have difficulty understanding native speakers”. Many of us have felt this way before, and this happens because there are some sounds in English that we are not familiar with. In addition, there are many sounds in English that are similar, but mispronouncing or misunderstanding them can change the meaning of an idea completely.

In the latest episode of Speak English, a podcast by Platzi English Academy, our teacher Elena teaches us the difference between two similar vowel sounds: /i/ as in leave and /I/ as in live. Are you ready to take your pronunciation to the next level?


/i/ as in leave

The sound /i/ as in leave, team, and free is the same sound we find in the first letter of the Spanish words: importante or inteligente. Your lips must be slightly smiling, tense and not rounded. Your tongue must be firm, high and far forward near the roof of the mouth.

Some common spelling patterns for this sound are:

  1. ee as in feel and see.
  2. ea as in reach, mean and sea.
  3. ie and **ei **as in belief, piece, neither and receive.
  4. final e as in me, we, she, he.
  5. e + consonant + e as in these, Chinese, Peter.
  6. final “y” as in City, duty, country, ability.
  7. endings with “ique” as in unique, boutique, critique.

/I/ as in live

It’s the sound /I/ as in sit. To make this sound, your lips must be slightly parted (open), and relaxed. Your tongue must be relaxed too, high, but not as high as for /i/. The sides of the tongue touch the upper back teeth.

Common spelling patterns for this sound are:

  1. i as in give, this, dinner.
  2. ui as in build, quit, quick, guilty.
  3. y between two consonants as in system, gym, symbol.
  4. some exceptions like been and women ( the “o” is an /I/ sound).

Word contrasts

Listen to our podcast episode and practice these word pairs with some of your dearest English teachers, Cesar and Elena.

  • Leave and live
  • Feel and fill
  • Least and list
  • He’s and his
  • Sleep and slip
  • Cheap and chip
  • Beat and bit
  • Steal and still
  • Each and itch
  • Seek and sick
  • Feet and fit
  • Sheep and ship

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Can you make some sentences using these words? Write below in the comments.



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  • He leaves school at 4pm.
  • She lives in Bogota
  • I feel sick. I need go to the doctor.
  • I’ll fill the pool tomorrow morning.
  • We aren’t a big family but at least we’re together.
  • You’re in my black list. I don’t trust you anymore!
  • He’s my best friend.
  • His mother is from Canadá.
  • I need to sleep for two days. I’m so tired!
  • I let it slip your secret. I’m sorry man!
  • I bougth a cheap computer
  • I need to remove the chip of my computer.
  • Our team beat Germany 3–1.
  • I’ll be there in a little bit.
  • He is in jail for steal
  • Do you still run in the mornings?
  • We love each other
  • I have an itch in my left arm.
  • Seek your hapiness. That really matters
  • I feel sick. I have some fever.
  • I hurt my feet. I walked for two hours
  • This shirt doesn’t fit me any more.
  • Does counting sheep really work?
  • This ship comes from Japan.

The pronunciation courses in the Platzi English Academy are great, just need to practice and practice and more practice 😃 I do a lot of shadowing when I hear a podcast or watch a movie by myself.


Very interesting information, thank you very much for sharing.


no entendi ni madres

4 meses

Esa es la señal que necesitabas para empezar con la Academia de Ingles


Thank you, Cesar, for sharing this information.
Actually, it’s a real challenge🤯 for me to identify the different forms to pronoun the vowel i.


Excellent contribution, thank you for to shared. Greeting, Cesar. 👋😃


Hi there! Thanks for this information!!
Now, I’ve got a question:
In the sentence “I live in New York” the word “live” is pronounced different than in “I’m live on Facebook” so, is there a pronunciation rule for these words or is it just an exception?
The same situation happens with “lives” (“live” in the 3th person) and “lives” (the plural of “life”)
Thanks for your answer.

10 meses

Hi Panto! There’s definitely a difference in pronunciation when using some words as adjectives, verbs or nouns. In the sentence “I’m live on Facebook” the word “live” is used as an adjective, pronounced /ˈlaɪv/. Some other examples are: address, record, increase, insult, permit, etc. The stress changes depending on how you’re using the word.


I fill so many documents during the day that I feel sick.

I can’t find a pair of shoes that fits to my feet.

At least, he could find a bag of banana chips to eat.

These guys steal expensive clothing and jewelry from celebrities.

That noise didn’t let me sleep.

Leave your cheap flowers on the floor, she said.


Hay muchas palabras que se escriben igual en español y en inglés (Ejemplo: doctor, director, hospital, lateral, menu, radio, simple, visual, etc.), sería bueno una clase para aprender a pronunciarlas en inglés, porque por lo general las pronunciamos tal cual el español.

7 meses

Se les llama cognados, y también hay falsos cognados ejemplo Library = Biblioteca no librería ya que librería sería bookstore


Like the Austrian Opus group says “Live is Life”


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