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Minimal Pairs for Spanish Speakers

For some ideas to use these with students, go to my minimal pairs activities page. Note that not all Spanish students will have exactly the same difficulties, but below are some of the more common issues I've encountered with students. Some of these are due to the spelling, rather than difficulty producing the sound.

If you want to know more about difficulties which Spanish students and other nationalities have with English, I thoroughly recommend the book "Learner English".


æʌ
catcut
ankleuncle
ranrun
drankdrunk
matchmuch

ɜ:ɔ:
workwalk
birdbored
furfor
shirtshort
sirsaw

ʃs
shipsip
shesea
suresore
shootsuit
shysigh

j
yourjaw
yetjet
yolkjoke
yearjeer
yobjob


sz
sipzip
suezoo
placeplays
ricerise
iceeyes

sθ
sinthin
sumthumb
sankthank
sinkthink
sawthaw

ŋkŋ
thinkthing
sanksang
bankbang
rinkring
sunksung

- t- d
hearthard
plateplayed
betbed
boughtbored
hurtheard

ʃ
shoeschoose
sheepcheap
washwatch
mashmatch
cashcatch

dð
dozethose
daythey
darethere
denthen
doughthough

ɪi:
shipsheep
iteat
hitheat
binbean
liveleave

vb
voteboat
veryberry
vanban
vestbest
vetbet

 

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