5 Best Minimal Pairs Worksheets for Proper Pronunciation

minimal pairs worksheets
Last Updated: May 20, 2018

Minimal Pairs Worksheets

In linguistics, minimal pairs are two similar sounding words that differ in only one phonological element and have distinct meanings.

For example, ship and sheep both sound the same. But they differ with one sound.

Today, we provide you with the 5 best minimal pairs worksheets that have helped us with listening comprehension.

For some teachers and students, minimal pairs goes to uncharted territories.

1 Pronunciation Pyramid

First, everyone starts at the top of the pyramid. Next, the teacher says the word and students have to circle it. Until everyone reaches the bottom, there’s only one spot where everyone should finish.

Pronunciation Pyramid Pronunciation Pyramid Worksheet

2 Similar Sentences

When the teacher reads each sentence, students have to listen carefully. Can they distinguish between the minimal pairs?

Minimal Pairs Sentences Similar Sentences

3 Minimal Pairs ESL Cards

Beforehand, the teacher has to cut out these cards and have them spread out on the desk for each pair. When the student speaks the minimal pair, students have to grab the correct word faster.

Minimal Pairs ESL Cards 13 Smush It

4 Listening Test

Listen to your teacher’s pronunciation for each minimal pair. After you hear them speak, they add a check mark to the correct word.

Listening Test 40 Listening Test ESL Worksheets

5 Minimal Pairs in Pictures

As the teacher speaks each word, students have to circle the word here. As with all minimal pair worksheets in this list, this focuses on identifying similar sounds.

Minimal Pairs in Pictures 06 Minimal Pairs Worksheet
All of our worksheets are free to use for any purpose and ready to print for your classroom.


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