Minimal Pairs final /m/ and /n/
am and an
Below are lists of words that vary only by one ending with the sound /m/ and the other ending with the sound /n/. You can use this to practise the sounds or as a list of words to be careful to pronounce properly.
This page uses the symbols of the Phonemic Chart. You can listen to the symbols here.
Both sounds are produced with the air coming through your nose. With /m/ that is achieved by closing your lips, whereas with /n/ the lips are open and your tongue touching the top of your mouth behind your teeth blocks the air. Even students who do not find these sounds difficult to recognise and produce at the beginning of syllables can have problems when they are at the end of words.
* the meaning of the word is not important at this level, but it can still be used to contrast the pronunciation with the other word.