Minimal Pair final /ŋk/ and /ŋ/

as in think and thing

Below is a list of words that vary only by one ending with the sound /ŋk/ and the other ending with the sound /ŋ/.

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

The biggest difference between these two is that /ŋk/ is two sounds ending with a final release of air with the /k/ sound, whereas /ŋ/ is a single sound that is slightly different to /n/ and /m/ with the sound being made with a raised back of the tongue.

Elementary / Pre-Intermediate

bank bang
brink bring
hank hang
pink ping
rink ring
think thing


hunk hung
kink king
rank rang
sink sing


blink bling
dunk dung
monk mung
sank sang
thank thang

Written for EnglishClub by Alex Case