Sound Contrast: /b/ vs. /p/

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Listen to the difference between the consonant sounds (/b/ vs. /p/) in the following pairs of words.

  • back back | pack pack
  • beach beach | peach peach
  • big big | pig pig
  • bike bike | pike pike
  • bride bride | pride pride
  • cab cab | cap cap
  • gab gab | gap gap
  • lab lab | lap lap
  • lobe lobe | lope lope
  • mob mob | mop mop
  • rabid rabid | rapid rapid
  • rib rib | rip rip

Depending on your native language distinguishing the difference can be very easy or very difficult.

Test your ability to hear the difference between /b/ and /p/.

Instructions: listen to the word and then pick the best match.


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