I have the "the cakes" come up constantly in the plurals one yet showing the difference between girls and boys is still a little confusing to start with I thought it was the same word for both. It can spend too much time on the bits that don't matter and not enough on others but still love it
It is the same o as in coffee.
Anyway, Italian doesn't really distinguish between the os in coffee and in for: that is called the 'quality'. Nor it distinguishes between long and short vowels ('shit' and 'sheet'). There are a few exceptions (ex. sétte ( 'sects') and sètte ('seven'), bótte ('barrel) and bòtte ('hits', 'punches')) but you get away with that :-)
Okay, thanks. But I have to disagree on your second paragraph there. The only difference between "e" = "and" and "è" = "is" is that vowel quality, plus all of the words that you mentioned. Therefore, the two sounds are indeed phonemic. I just suppose that you will be understood for the most part either way on words where it doesn't matter, due to context. Thank you again for your help. The audio can be very unclear in such cases.
I am afraid that is not correct.
'shit' (/ʃɪt/) has a short vowel, whereas 'sheet' (/ʃiːt/) has a long one.