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Minimal Pairs /n/ and /ŋ/

thin and thing

Below are lists of words that vary only by one having the sound /n/ and the other having the sound /ŋ/. 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 /n/ and /ŋ/ are pronounced with air coming through your nose, with you blocking the air in your mouth with the front of your tongue for /n/ and the back of your tongue for /ŋ/.

Elementary
band banged*
hand hanged*
sin* sing
thin thing
win wing*
wind winged*

Pre-Intermediate
done dung*
fan* fang
gone gong*
kin* king
sun sung

Intermediate
pan pang*
pin ping*
ran rang
tin ting*
ton tongue

Upper-Intermediate
ban bang
banned banged
bun bung*
hun* hung
pond ponged*
tan tang*

Advanced
bonze bongs
chin ching
clan clang
din ding
don dong
dun dung
stun stung

* 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.

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