Website and tools by Paolo Mairano

Minimal Pair Finder

What is a minimal pair? Phoneticians and phonologists use the term minimal pair to refer to a pair of words that differ in just one sound. Minimal pairs are important because they prove that two sounds are phonologically relevant for the language in question and can create a difference in meaning.

Minimal Pair Finder can help teachers, researchers, students and language learners looking for such pairs of words. Bear in mind that this tool relies on:
 [1] lists of words coming from big text corpora and
 [2] automatic transcriptions of such words.
This means that unfortunately it can make mistakes, and for this reason it may not be ideal as a method of unsupervised pronunciation learning.

Minimal Pair Finder

Select language:

Select phoneme 1:     

Select phoneme 2:


or click here to search semi-minimal pairs