Do you pronounce ''ea'' and ''ee'' words the same way like ''meat/meet'', ''read/reed'', ''real/reel'', ''beach/beech''.
''heal/heel'', ''dear/deer'' and ''sea/see''.
I pronounce them differently [mi..t] (meat) vs. [mi:t] (meet), but I'm aware that some people pronounce them the same.
In America they're pronounced the same ''meat/meet'' etc. [mi:t].
In Australia they're pronounced the same: "meat"/"meet" = /mi:t/, etc.
I'm from Scotland.
Jim and Joe, What's the difference between saying you pronounce ''meat'' as /mi:t/ and saying you pronounce ''meat'' as [mi:t].
Joe says he pronounces ''meat'' as [mi:t] and you say you pronounce it as /mi:t/. What's the difference?
I pronounce ''meat'' as [mi..t] (or should that be /mi..t/).
Tom,  is for a phonetic transcription and // is for a phonemic transcription and also () is for an orthographic transcription.
Phonetic vs. phonemic transcription just like Bill says but, as far as I'm aware, it's <> which is used for an orthographic transcription.
"meat"/"meet" = /mi:t/ = [mi:t]