Minimal pairs for Korean learners of English

Links are to list of minimal pairs divided by level that I’ve been working on. Will add more links as more lists go up.

Voiced and unvoiced consonants

b and p (bore and pore)

v and f (van and fan)

d and t (doe and toe) – final d and t

dj and ch (jaw and chore)

g and k (gap and cap)

s and z (sap and zap)

Other consonants

b and v (ban and van)

f and p (far and par) – initial f and p

l and r (lap and wrap)

fu and hu (fun and hun) – select from full f and h list

z and dj (Jew and zoo)

s and th (sin and thin)

z and th (Zen and then)

shee and see (she and see)/ shi and si (shit ans sit) – select from full s and sh list

Short and long vowel sounds

i and ee (chip and cheap)

o and O (hop and hope)

a and ar (cam and calm)

Other vowel sounds

a and e (can and ken)

a and u (cap and cup)

O and or (boat and bought)

ar and ur (heart and hurt)

Final consonant and consonant plus vowel

final ch and chi (church and churchy)

final dj and dji (fudge and fudgy)

final z and zi (noise and noisy)

final t and tu

final d and du

More on Korean learners

Typical issues for Korean learners of English

Dictionary of “Korean English”

Worksheets for Korean learners of English

Same for Japanese learners

Minimal pairs for Japanese learners of English

More on minimal pairs

How to use minimal pairs in class

Ten minimal pairs games

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