English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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.

share|improve this question

closed as general reference by JSBձոգչ, z7sg Ѫ, Jasper Loy, Thursagen, Mehper C. Palavuzlar Jul 28 '11 at 21:45

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

4  
Consult any English dictionary. They all have pronunciation guides which can answer this for you. – JSBձոգչ Jul 28 '11 at 20:39
2  
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
4  
@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
up vote 1 down vote accepted

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

share|improve this answer
    
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

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.