Minimal Pair List Vowels 13 and 17, / eɪ / versus / aʊ / 187 pairs
The / eɪ / diphthong is spelled <aCe>, <ai>, <ay> or <ei> in eight , and occurs in the letter names A , H and K . The / aʊ / diphthong is spelled <ou> or <ow>, and <au> in the loan word Frau .
This is a contrast between two diphthongs with different starting positions and direction of movement. It is not a problem for any learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The density figure is 8.76%. The set makes 96 semantic contrasts giving a loading of 53%.
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