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Minimal Pairs Two - Initial Blends in Open Syllables (Blend + Vowel)

by Sally Jennings


[i] [eɪ] [ɔ] [oʊ] [u] [aɪ] [aʊ] [ɔɪ] [ju] [ʌ]/[ə]
bl
-bly
bla-
blah
blow
blue
Bligh
-----
------
-----
-----
br
-bre-
bray
bra
bro-
brew
-----
brow
-broi-
-----
-bra
ch
chee-
-----
cha
cho-
chew
chai
chow
-----
-----
-----
j
Gee
jay
jaw
Joe
Jew
-----
-----
joy
-----
-----
cl
-----
clay
claw
clo-
clue
cli-
-----
cloi-
-----
-----
cr
Cree
cray-
craw
crow
crew
cry
-----
Croy-
-----
-----
fl
flea
flay
flaw
flow
flew
fly
flow-
-----
-----
-----
fr
free
fray
-----
fro-
fru-
fry
-----
-----
-----
-----
gl
glee
-----
glau-
glow
glue
gly-
-----
-----
-----
-----
gr
-gree
gray
-Graw
grow
grew
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
pl
plea
play
plau-
plo-
Plu-
ply
plow
ploy
-----
-----
pr
pre-
pray
pro-
pro-
pru-
pry
prow
-----
-----
-----
shr
-----
-----
-----
-----
shrew
Shri-
-----
-----
-----
-----
sk
ski
sca-
-----
Sco-
scu-
sky
scow
-----
skew
-----
skr
scree
-----
-----
-----
screw
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
sl
-----
sleigh
slaw
slow
slew
sly
-----
-----
-----
-----
sn
-----
-----
-----
snow
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
sp
spe-
spay
spa
spo-
-----
spy
-----
-----
spew
-----
spl
-----
splay
-----
-splo-
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
spr
spree
spray
spro-
-----
-----
spry
-----
-----
-----
-----
sq
squee-
-----
squaw
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----
st
stee-
stay
-----
stow
stew
sty
-----
-----
-----
-----
str
-story
stray
straw
-----
strew
stri-
-----
-stroy
-----
-----
tr
tree
tray
-----
-tro
true
try
trow-
Troy
-----
-tra
thr
three
-----
-----
throw
threw
-----
-----
-----
-----
-----











sh
she
shay
Shaw
show
shoe
shy
show-
-----
-----
-sha
th
thee
they
thaw
though
-----
thigh
thou
-----
-thew
the

There are different ways to divide and group consonant combinations. Although I have used the title "initial blends," I have tried to stay with a more traditional linguistic approach, based on features of each consonantal sound.

All entries are either whole words or syllables. Syllables are shown as -x, x-, or -x-. A square with"-----" means I could not think of a word or syllable in English with these sounds, but there may be one. Capitalized entries are either proper names, or interjections.

"j" is a single consonant, but as an affricate, is two sounds [dʒ] stop plus fricative. "sh" and "th" are spelled as two consonants, but are single sounds (digraphs), so I have isolated them at the bottom of the chart. I have not included the voiced version of [ʃ] ("sh"), [ʒ] ("z" as the s in measure). The entries for "th" include words with a voiceless "th" [θ ] and a voiced "th" [ð]. A few entries are three consonantal sounds in a cluster, "skr," "spl," "spr," "sq," "str."

The list may be read across or down in groups. Reading down by columns, every word in the column should have the same vowel sound. I have left out some archaic words but included the more common "thee" and "thou."

Some dialects of English may have an alternate pronunciation for [ɔ] as [ɑ ] or [ɒ] . I have not made a distinction here, since I pronounce the words "father," "bother," "hawed," and "caught" with the same vowel.

Instead of leaving you wondering what the complete words for syllables shown are, here they are line by line: crumbly, blatant, abbreviate, broken, embroider, candelabra, cheetah, chosen, closure, climate, cloister, crayon, Croydon, flower, frozen, frugal, glaucoma, glycol, agree, McGraw, plausible, plosive, Pluto, premature, promise, promote, prudent, Shriver, scalene, Scotia, scuba, spelunker, spoken, explosion (-splo-), sprocket, steeple, history, strident, destroy, metro, trowel, extra, shower, Elisha, Matthew.

If you are teaching all sounds without regard to viable words you can, of course, fill the empty squares with "fake" syllables.

For a simpler minimal pairs pronunciation exercise, with mp3 audio, go to:
Speak Read Write Minimal Pairs

For a much more fun(!) excercise with minimal pairs, and other word sets, go to:
Speak Read Write Fun with Fiddle Faddle and Other Pronunciation Pairs

Last, but not least, if you want real tongue twister exercise, go to:
Speak Read Write Tongue Twisters Pronunciation Practice One

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