This explanation of Welsh pronunciation says Welsh u is pronounced like i in pita, whereas Welsh i is pronounced like ee in Queen.

What's the difference?

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    Cambridge Dictionaries Online says that in the U.K., the 'i' in pita is pronounced the same way as the 'i' in bitter. Considering the U.S. pronunciation, this was a unfortunate choice of word to use as an example. Nov 9, 2014 at 19:26
  • @PeterShor Or how Greeks pronounce πίτα … forvo.com/word/%CF%80%CE%AF%CF%84%CE%B1 Nov 9, 2014 at 19:50
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    Right, as AmE, I'm thinking pita as peeta.
    – SrJoven
    Nov 9, 2014 at 20:43
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    This doesn't address the pita/queen part of your question, but perhaps it will be useful: In Welsh, "u" is often pronounced /ɨ/ and "i" is pronounced /i/. Nov 10, 2014 at 21:34
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    @isomorphismes Yes, basically. [ɨ] is also the same as the e in ‘roses’ in English. The description in your link is inaccurate, though. Both i and u (and y, for that matter) can be either long or short, and the pronunciation of u depends on dialect. When short, i is [ɪ] (as in ‘bit’); when long, it’s [iː] (as in ‘queen’). In northern dialects, short u is [ɨ̞] (more or less as in ‘roses’ or złoty), long u is [ɨː]; in the South, it is pronounced like i, whether long or short. Nov 11, 2014 at 8:26

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Since nobody's answered but rather only commented … apparently it's:

  • "pitta", rhyming with German bitte
  • For people who don't speak German, it rhymes with the English word bitter, as Peter Shor commented yesterday. Note that pit(t)ta and bitter rhyme perfectly only in non-rhotic varieties of British English. Note also that some speakers of BrE pronounce pit(t)a in exactly the same way as they pronounce Mr Shor's first name. As he noted, "... this was an unfortunate choice of word to use as an example."
    – tunny
    Nov 11, 2014 at 8:11
  • Might I suggest expanding on this a bit to explain that the difference between queen and pita is that pita in BrE rhymes with bitter. But the original question is based upon a premise that would be correct only in a specific localization.
    – SrJoven
    Dec 14, 2014 at 1:44

Pita in English with a British Accent is pronounced like Bitter. we don't pronounce words with one (I) like they have 2 (ee) in the word, we pronounce as it is spelt. We pronounce QUEEN that way as it has 2 (ee) in. I hope this helps.

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    British people never pronounce words spelled with a single "i" using the sound of "ee"? I don't think that's right. How do you pronounce "kiwi," "pique," and "marine" differently from "keewi," "peek," and "mareen"?
    – herisson
    Apr 27, 2016 at 20:06
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    So vita rhymes with pita? Apr 27, 2016 at 20:16

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