<html> <head> <title>Minimal pairs - consonant sounds in British English: "then" and "Zen"</title> <meta name="description" content="Recognition and production of English phonemes: voiced dental fricative compared with voiced alveolar fricative."> <meta name="keywords" content="consonant,sounds,dental,fricative,fricatives,voiced,voiceless,British,English,pronunciation,phonology,phonemes,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="minimal3132.html">Next</a> <font color="#ffffff">-----------</font><b>Minimal Pairs</b></p> <p><font color="#ffffff">-----</font><img src="ph30.gif"> <font color="#ffffff">-----------------------</font><img src="ph32.gif"></p> <table border=0 cellspacing=5 cellpadding=5 width=520> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">then</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>Zen</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">clothe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>close</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">bathe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>bays</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">lathe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>laze</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">writhe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>rise</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">breathe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>breeze</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">tithe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>ties</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">seethe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>sees</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">scythe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>size</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">with</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>whizz</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">booth</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>booze</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">teethe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>teas</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">Hythe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>highs</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">loathe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>lows</td> </tr> <tr><td width="50%" valign="top"> <p align="center">soothe</td> <td width="50%" valign="top"> <p>sues</td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>