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    this and these

    Hello.

    My question is: Is there any difference between their pronunciation?
    I pronounce them equally.

    Thanks in advance.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: this and these

    I don't know how to write down phonetics, but I certainly pronounce the two words completely differently.
    The "i" in "this" is pronounced as it is in "fish", and the word itself is spoken as a short, whole, entity. I pronounce "these" as "theeze", with the "ee" bit extended.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: this and these

    this - /ɪs/
    these - /i:z/

    Nearly all of the dictionaries here, OneLook: General dictionary sites, could have told you this. What made you think there might be no difference between the pronunciations of these two words?

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    Re: this and these

    A lot of Russian speaking people pronounce them the same way because in Russian there is only one kind of "i" sound.
    I am not a teacher.

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