<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - vowel sounds in British English: "here" and "hair"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: diphthong gliding from closed-mid front unrounded to mid central unrounded compared with diphthong gliding from Cardinal Vowel no. 2 close-mid front unrounded to mid central unrounded."> <meta name="keywords" content="rising,diphthong,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="minimal1618.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph16.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">-----------------------</font><img src="ph17.gif"> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">here</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>hair</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">beer</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>bare</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">deer</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>dare</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">fear</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>fair</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">ear</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>air</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">pier</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>pair</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">mere</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>mare</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">rear</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>rare</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">weir</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>where</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">leer</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>lair</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">spear</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>spare</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">sheer</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>share</td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>