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|pin-bin [[File:Pin-bin.ogg|Pin-bin.ogg]]
 
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|VOW-WOW [[File:Vow-wow.ogg|Vow-wow.ogg]]
 
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|jam-germ
 
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/eɪ/ /aɪ/
 
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|fail-file
 
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/eɪ/ /ɔɪ/
 
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Revision as of 07:22, 30 December 2019

Minimal Pairs

Minimal pairs are pairs of words which differ in a single sound.They serve as a drill for

practising sounds.

Minimal pairs involving consonant sounds:

//p//b/

pin-bin
pear-bear
pan-ban
pail-bail
nip-bib tap-tab
mop-mob
lap-lab

/t//d/

tin-din
tear-dare
tall-doll ten-den
bat-bad
seat-seed
let-led
tight-tide

/k//g/

key-ghee
cot-got
come-gum
kill-gill
luck-lug
lock-log
dock-dog
wick-wig

//f//v/

fan-van
fail-veil
fast-vast
file-vile
leaf-leave
life-live
safe-save
shelf-shelve

//v//w//

VOW-WOW
vet-wet
vile-while
viper-wiper

/θ/ /ð/

Teeth-teethe

/s/ /z/

sip-zip sue-zoo sink-zinc seal-zeal
bus-buzz price-prize lace-laze dose-doze

/s//ʃ/

sip-ship so-show same-shame sin-shin
puss-push sass-lash mess-mesh lease-leash

/ʧ//d3/

char-jar choose-jews choke-joke
etch-edge batch-badge Lunch-lunge

/z/ /ʃ/

zip-ship zoo-shoe
was-wash whiz-wish

Minimal pairs involving vowel sounds:

/I/ /i:/

sit-seat bit-beat lick-leak fill-fel

/e/ /æ/

met-mat led-lad men-man shell-shall

/ʊ//u:/

full-fool pull-pool soot-suit

/ɔ//ɔ:/

cot-caught not-nought tot-taught

/æ//a:/

pat-part mat-mart cat-cart

/ɪ//e/

pin-pen bid-bed bill-bell chick-check

/æ/ /ɜ:/

Fan - fern had-heard bad-bird jam-germ

/eɪ/ /aɪ/

fail-file main-mine lake-like late-light

/eɪ/ /ɔɪ/

bail-boil grain-groin paint-point ail-oil

/əʊ/ /aʊ/

whole-howl Rose-rouse thought-thou load-loud

/ʊə/ /ɪə/

poor-pier Tour-tier sure-sheer moor-mere