<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - vowel sounds in British English: "bet" and "Bert"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: Cardinal Vowel no. 2 open-mid front unrounded compared with open mid central unrounded."> <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="minimal0213.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph02.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">-----------------------</font><img src="ph11.gif"> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bet</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Bert</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bed</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>bird</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">head</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>heard</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">ten</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>turn</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">Hell</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>hurl</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">Ben</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>burn</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">edge</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>urge</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">nest</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>nursed</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">Ted</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>turd</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bled</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>blurred</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">held</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>hurled</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">weld</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>world</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">west</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>worst</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">best</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>burst</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">well</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>whirl</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">end</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>earned</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">spend</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>spurned</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">kennel</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>kernel</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">wed</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>word</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">peck</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>perk</td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>