Sound Pairs

American English has several sets of sound pairs. These are shown in the chart above. The letters on each side are pronounced in the same position, yet one letter has a stronger sound than the other. It is important to understand sound pairs in order to speak clearly. With a few pairs, there are interactions in pronunciation–a perfect example is the T = D rule. S, Z, SH, and ZH also interchange a little bit. The other sound pairs do not. Each sound is distinct.
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