English words such as ice, fine, align, might, rind and revise contain the long "i" vowel sound. The letter "i" itself is pronounced with this long vowel sound and can appear at the beginning, middle or end of a word. Words such as island, slimy and necktie are examples.
Other letters can also indicate long "i" sounds. For example, the letter "y" sounds like long "i" in words such as sty, rye, analyze and certify. The letter combinations "ai," "ei"and "ui" can sound like long "i" in words such as aisle, seismic and guise. When this is the case, the combinations create what are called irregular word spellings.