L and W minimal pairs
Here is another set of minimal pairs resources for pronunciation practice and speech therapy. There are picture cards with words, pronunciation guides, a word list and example sentences all about the L and W minimal pairs.
These words are of course minimal pairs because they differ in only 1 sound. They are great for targetting any weak areas in students’ speech, as an added bonus you’ll find that new vocabulary will be picked up along the way.
The picture cards with words above and below can be used in all forms of flashcard games or for simple rote learning. The visuals really help to keep learning activities interesting!
Pronunciation of the L and W sounds
To make the L sound put the back of your tongue on the roof of the back of your mouth. Using your vocal cords push air through your mouth. Quickly drop your tongue and let air slide over the sides of your tongue as it flows out your mouth.
To make the W sound make your lips round and tight together in a puckered fashion. As you use your voice quickly relax your lips.
L and W minimal pairs list
Note that these are all minimal pairs in the initial sound. (The first sound of each word is how they are different)
|laced - waste||lag - wag||lair - wear||lake - wake|
|lamb - wham||late - wait||later - waiter||law - war|
|lay - way||lead - wed||lead - weed||leading - weeding|
|leak - weak||lean - wean||leap - weep||leary - weary|
|leather - weather||leave - weave||ledge - wedge||leek - week|
|lei - weigh||lent - went||lest - west||let - wet|
|letter - wetter||lever - weaver||lick - wick||lie - why|
|lied - wide||lies - wise||life - wife||light - white|
|lighten - whiten||lighting - whiting||limp - wimp||line - wine|
|liner - whiner||lining - whining||link - wink||lip - whip|
|liquor - whicker||lit - wit||little - whittle||lizard - wizard|
|lock - wok||loom - womb||lyre - wire|
Here are some fun sentences that you can use to practice the minimal pairs L and W.
The white light was on the wizard’s lizard.
We will wake by the lake eating leek next week.
It is good weather for leather.
His lies weren’t wise for the law of the war.
A weak lock and a leaking wok.
Lick the wick and make the letter wetter.
Why lie about the weak leak?