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Is there any software for minimal-pair training?

Getting Anki to work with minimal pairs is tricky but possible. I will present a card template with only one card that will choose a random word from the minimum pair on each appearance of the card. ...
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Is there a web site for minimal pairs in arbitrary languages?

After several hours of searching for a website for minimal pairs, I have become convinced that this does not exist yet, or at least not in a language that I can read fluently. The list of minimal pair ...
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Is there any software for minimal-pair training?

Quizlet seems to be a good choice. By searching up "minimal pairs linguistics", you get a ton of flashcard decks to use here. In Quizlet, the cards are always randomized and there are many ...
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How can I understand the difference between the 'D' sound and 'T' sound?

Words that differ by only one sound, e.g. 'd' or 't' ("had" versus "hat"), are known as minimal pairs. So what you need is training on minimal pairs. The English Club website has a list of minimal ...
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Are minimal pairs for learners of a given L2 independent of their L1?

Minimal pair is a language-internal concept; it is not directly related to language learning or to existence of other languages. As Wikipedia says: In phonology, minimal pairs are pairs of words or ...
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Is there a web site for minimal pairs in arbitrary languages?

As I found no such web site, I have created one, MinimalPairs.net. At present, it only has minimal pairs for French, Dutch, American English, and Spanish, but as time permits, I intend to expand this ...
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Minimal pairs for Mongolian

The book "Colloquial Mongolian" has a short list of minimal pairs for vowels on page 13. The pronunciation for them is available at approximately 12:30 on track one of their free audio download. It ...
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How to train yourself to contrast heard sounds

First, exposure is important. You need to be exposed to the sounds and listen to them in natural contexts, over a period of time. Some people will pick up the sounds quicker than others, but you ...
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Minimal pairs for Danish u and ø?

Vowels are always tricky to get the hang of. Especially Danish with its many vowels.. Perhaps 'Dus' as in 'have dus' and 'dys' from 'dysse'(doze)? Not a native speaker, so ask a Dane for advice. ...
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How can you understand the pronunciation differences if you don't understand them even on minimal pairs training?

The fix is studying the IPA chart in depth. Once you do it, you'll be able to differentiate the sounds without doubts. "A practical introduction to phonetics" by John C. Catford is a very short and ...
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How to train yourself to contrast heard sounds

One way is to get a well educated native speaker to pronounce, and contrast similar sounds. You want, not just a native speaker, but a well educated one. "Average Joes" sometimes confuse such sounds ...
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How to train yourself to contrast heard sounds

I found that pronouncing them myself was a good way to learn the difference. When I had difficulty understanding the auditory difference between two sounds, I practiced saying them out loud until I ...
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