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Minimal Pairs Pronunciation Practise

These activities are designed to practise distinguishing and producing similar phonemes. In its current form, it makes use of an experimental browser features so may not work equally on all browsers and operating systems. Feel free to leave feedback via the contact page.

Vowels

æ and e (man / men)listening / speaking
/æ/ and /ʌ/(hat/hut)listening / speaking
/æ/ and /α:(hat/heart)listening / speaking
/α:/ and /ɒ/ (heart/hot)listening / speaking
/α:/ and /ʌ/ (heart/hut)listening / speaking
/α:/ and /ɜ:/ (heart/hurt)listening / speaking
/e/ and /eɪ/ (wait/wet)listening / speaking
/eɪ/ and /aɪ/ (hey/hi)listening / speaking
/eɘ/ and /eɪ/ (hair/hey)listening / speaking
/eɘ/ and /ɪɘ/ (hair/here)listening / speaking
/I/ and /i:/ (heat/hit)listening / speaking
/e/ and /ɜ:/ (head/heard)listening / speaking
/e/ and /ʌ/ (bet/but)listening / speaking
/e/ and /i/ (head/hid)listening / speaking
/ɜ:/ and /ɔ:/ (work/walk)listening / speaking
/ɜ:/ and /ʌ/ (hurt/hut)listening / speaking
/ɒ/ and /ɔ:/ (pot/port)listening / speaking
/ɘʊ/ and /ɔ:/ (boat/bought)listening / speaking
/ɘʊ/ and /ɒ/ (hope/hop)listening / speaking
/ɘʊ/ and /aʊ/ (hole/howl)listening / speaking

Consonants

b and vlistening / speaking
b and plistening / speaking
ch and jlistening / speaking
ch and shlistening / speaking
ch and tlistening / speaking
d and jlistening / speaking
d and tlistening / speaking
d and th (day they)listening / speaking
d and th (dawn thorn)listening / speaking
f and plistening / speaking
f and vlistening / speaking
g and klistening / speaking
h and vowellistening / speaking
j and ylistening
l and nlistening
l and rlistening
m and nlistening
m and nlistening
nk and nglistening
r and wlistening
s and shlistening
s and thlistening
s and zlistening
t and th (tanks/thanks)listening
th and z (then/zen)listening
v and wlistening