Minimal Pairs /e/ and /ɪ/
desk and disk
This page uses the symbols of the Phonemic Chart. You can listen to the symbols here.
Below are lists of words that vary only by one having the vowel sound /e/ and the other the vowel sound /ɪ/. You can use this to practise the sounds or as a list of words to be careful to pronounce properly.
Both sounds are short, with /ɪ/ being pronounced with a wider mouth, almost in a kind of smile. This makes it much closer to the long sound /i:/ than it is to the short sound /e/.