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I'm learning English and recently I have found that there is a difference in pronunciation between such words as: hit and heat, sit and seat.

I want to know if there is a similar difference in pronunciation between steal and steel (and perhaps still), peak and peek.

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Consult any English dictionary. They all have pronunciation guides which can answer this for you. –  JSBձոգչ Jul 28 '11 at 20:39
The answer is NO. –  crazyyyyyyyyy Jul 28 '11 at 20:41
I wouldn't be surprised to learn there are dialects where "steel" and "still" are homophones, but I'd be quite taken aback to hear of one where "steel" and "steal" aren't. –  FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 20:42
@JSBangs: I think you elevate "any English dictionary" beyond what they are capable of. Regional variations in pronunciation do exist, and no dictionary can hope to include them all. –  FumbleFingers Jul 28 '11 at 20:45
I am not sure that reporting the pronunciation of different dialects to who is learning English would be helpful; it is probable it would confuse the OP even more. –  kiamlaluno Jul 28 '11 at 21:51
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closed as general reference by JSBձոգչ, z7sg Ѫ, Jasper Loy, Thursagen, Mehper C. Palavuzlar Jul 28 '11 at 21:45

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"Steal" and "steel" would sound the same, but "still" sounds different due to having the single i.

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Thanks, In my native language almost all words that are spelled differently will also have different pronunciation –  username Jul 28 '11 at 21:10
@username: what is your native language, out of interest, that has so few homophones? –  PLL Jul 28 '11 at 21:13
My native language is Ukrainian. I also speak Russian, but in Russian there is a little more homophones due to the common accent that changes some vowels –  username Jul 28 '11 at 21:17
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