This one is really hard for me because I feel like it has at least two pronunciations.


  • bad /bæd/ where it sounds more like /ee/

  • practice /præktəs/ where it sounds more like /aa/

Can someone help me with the correct pronunciation? Is there a rule for it? I couldn't find anything.

  • They both sound the same to me. It would sound like /ee/ if it were "bead"
    – Barmar
    Jan 1, 2021 at 23:10
  • I meant the IPA /e/ not the American e
    – peyton00
    Jan 1, 2021 at 23:26
  • It might be regional, but I still feel like I use the same pronunciation of "a" in "bad" and "practice".
    – Barmar
    Jan 1, 2021 at 23:30
  • My name is "Barry" and I use the same "a", but I have a cousin whose pronunciation always sounded more like "Beery". Maybe that's how you pronounce "bad"?
    – Barmar
    Jan 1, 2021 at 23:32
  • @PeterShor EFL students haven’t learned to unhear phonetic allophones yet. Vowels do sound a tiny bit different when checked by an unvoiced consonant like in practice than when checked by a voiced one like in bad, or in tight versus dyed, but that doesn't change which phoneme is meant. See also bath and fast, hand and lamb.
    – tchrist
    Jan 1, 2021 at 23:50