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Lesson 9 - Nasal sounds

/p/ and /b/ work – mixed pairs of words and sentences

The difference between /p/ and /b/:

/p/ is voiceless and /b/ is voiced. However, because the sounds are so short it’s very difficult to create and hear this difference. Instead, the main difference is in the breath that comes immediately after the sound. /p/ has a strong breath which you will feel if you put your hand in front of your mouth as you say the sound. /b/ does not have this breath and may sound slightly louder too.

Here’s a list of pairs with /p/ and /b/ at the start of words:

pa – bar               

pace – base       

pack – back        

panned – band

park – bark         

pat – bat             

path – bath        

pawed – board

pay – bay            

pea – bee           

peach – beach   

peak – beak

pear – bear        

peat – beat         

peep – beep       

peg – beg

pelt – belt          

pent – bent       

pest – best          

pet – bet

pier – beer          

pig – big              

pike – bike          

pill – bill

pillion – billion   

pin – bin             

pit – bit               

plank – blank

planned – bland              

plaster – blaster               

played – blade  

plays – blaze

plead – bleed    

plight – blight    

plot – blot          

plume – bloom

pole – bowl       

pond – bond      

poor – boar       

pop – bop

port – bought   

post – boast       

pouring – boring              

pounce – bounce

pout – bout        

praise – braise  

prawn – brawn  

pressed – breast

prick – brick       

pride – bride     

puff – buff           

pug – bug

pull – bull           

pup – pub          

purr – burr         

push – bush

putt – but           

putter butter

Here’s a list of pairs of words with /p/ and /b/ at the end of words:

cup – cub,

cap – cab,

tap – tab,

rope – robe

cop – cob

cup – cub

fop – fob

gap – gab

lap – lab

loop – lube

lope – lobe

mop – mob

rip – rib

rope – robe

slap – slab

slop – slob

sop – sob

swap – swab

tap – tab

tripe – tribe

Here’s a list of sentences for you to practise:

  1. The tap and the gap and slab and the swap.
  2. The cub slips through the gap.
  3. Swap this robe for this rope.
  4. The rope is tied in a loop and put in the gap between the cups.
  5. The tribe ate the tripe and started to sob.
  6. Tripe was eaten by the tribe.
  7. Don’t sob about the tap.
  8. I wear a robe in the lab and have a baby on my lap.
  9. Remember the swap the swob for a clean one.
  10. The slob had never used a mop made of rope.