Minimal Pair List Consonants /Ɵ/ versus /m/, 70 pairs
The /Ɵ/ sound is spelled with <th>. The /m/ sound is spelled with <m>, <lm> or <mb>.
This is a contrast between a voiceless dental and alveolar fricative and a voiced nasal continuant. It is not a problem, although the sound /Ɵ/ is difficult for many learners.
Interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 0.9%. The list makes 51 semantic distinctions, a loading of 73%.
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