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Minimal Pairs - Consonants


Listen to the differences between these sounds. You can pause and repeat after each pair.
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b-p   b-v   k-g   d-t   f-v   f-p   sh-j   ch-j   s-z   v-w   L-R#1   L-R#2   N-L   ch-sh   th-t   th-d   th-th   th-s   h   j-y  

b - p
bat - pat
ball - Paul
ban - pan
bet - pet
Ben - pen
 
tab - tap
nab - nap
cab - cap
cob - cop
cub - cup
b - v
bat - vat
ban - van
bet - vet
bowl - vole
berry - very
boat - vote
k - g
car - gar
call - gall
come - gum
kill - gill
cut - gut
 
buck - bug
back - bag
Dick - dig
brick - brig
trick - trig
(think - thing)
(hunk - hung)
(bank - bang)
d - t
Dick - tick
dime - time
dare - tear
deer - tear
dune - tune
doe - toe

bud - but
bed - bet
wed - wet
wad - what
dead - debt
f - v
faze - vase
fan - van
fine - vine
fail - Vail
file - vile

life - live
wife's - wives
luff - love
f - p
fat - pat
fail - pail
fast - past
faint - paint
fine - pine
feet - peat
fool - pool

laugh - lap
aloof - a loop
leaf - leap
sh - j
shoes - Jews
shake - Jake
shack - Jack
shell - gel
shim - Jim
ch - j
choose - Jews
chap - Jap
chunk - junk
cheap - Jeep
chin - gin

lunch - lunge
batch - badge
etch - edge
ketch - kedge
s - z
Sue - zoo
sane - Zane
sewn - zone
sorrow - Zorro
Sunni - Zuni

bus - buzz
loose - lose
lacy - lazy
race - raze
face - faze
fuss - fuzz
v - w
vase - ways
vile - while
veal - wheel
vain - Wayne
vine - wine

wave - way
weave - we
L - R #1
lice - rice
lake - rake
line - Rhine
leak - reek
lane - rain
fly - fry
lay - ray
low - row
leap - reap
led - red
loom - room
lamb - ram
L - R #2

pile - pyre
bile - buyer
pail - pair
kale - care
cull - cur
eel - ear

lawyer - royal
leer - real
*barley - bally
lore - roll
lair - rail
lure - rule
N - L
Nile - line
nail - lane
kneel _ lean

labor - neighbor
line - nine

bowl - bone
seal - seen
ghoul - goon
ch - sh
choose - shoes
chop - shop
Chad - shad
cherry - sherry
chin - shin

butch - bush
batch - bash
ditch - dish
leach - leash
much - mush
th - t
thick - tick
three - tree
through - TRUE
there - tare

fifth - fit
path - pat
th - d
thick - Dick
thing - ding
there - dare

birth - bird
bath - bad
path - pad
th - th
Thigh - thy
Teeth - teethe
th - s
thick - sick
thigh - sigh
this - sis

birth - burrs
bath - bass
h - Ø
Herb - herb
hat - at
hurl - earl
heart - art
hedge - edge
heat - eat
hold - old
hone - own
j - y
Joe - Yo!
jewel - Yule
Jellow - yellow
jail - Yale

Last updated: 20 November 2012