Minimal Pair /tʃ/ and /dʒ/

as in cheap and jeep

Below are lists of words that vary only by one having the sound /tʃ/ and the other the sound /dʒ/ in the same position.

You can use this list to practise the sounds, or as a list of words to be careful in pronouncing.

These two are pronounced with exactly the same mouth position but /dʒ/ uses the voice, whereas /tʃ/ is just a sudden puff of air similar to a sneeze.

Elementary / Pre-Intermediate

catch cadge
cheese jeez
larch large
rich ridge
H age
search surge


britches bridges
cheap jeep
cherry jerry
chew Jew
choose Jews
chump jump
March marge


char jar
cheer jeer
chest jest
chin gin
choke joke
chore jaw
chug jug
chunk junk


batch badge
botch bodge
cheep jeep
chink jink
chive jive
chock jock
letch ledge
perch purge

Written for EnglishClub by Alex Case