<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - vowel sounds in British English: "ship" and "sheep"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: close-mid front-central lax compared with Cardinal Vowel no. 1 close front spread"> <meta name="keywords" content="cardinal,vowel,British,English,pronunciation,phonology,phonemes,vowel sounds,front,vowels,language,learning,teaching,efl,esl,elt"> </head> <body text="#000000" link="#0000ff" vlink="#ff0000" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <p><a href="minimal.html">Index</a> | <a href="index.html">Home Page</a> | <a href="#" onClick="history.go(-1)">Back</a> | <a href="minimal0102.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph01.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">-----------------------</font><img src="ph08.gif"></p> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">ship</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>sheep</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">fit</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>feet</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bit</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>beat</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">sit</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>seat</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">knit</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>neat</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">rich</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>reach</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">pit</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Pete</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">gin</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Jean</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">chip</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>cheap</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">six</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>seeks</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">list</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>least</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">hill</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>he'll</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">filled</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>field</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">mill</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>meal</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">ill</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>eel</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">is</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>ease</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">itch</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>each</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">pitch</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>peach</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">liver</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>leaver</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">risen</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>reason</td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>