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British English  Voiced & Voiceless

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  bull/pull, big/pig, bin/pin, bowl/pole
gold/cold, good/could, goat/coat, gate/Kate
die/tie, down/town, dime/time, dim/Tim
van/fan, vine/fine, view/few, very/ferry, oval/offal

gin/chin, jug/chug, Jane/chain, June/tune, lunge/lunch, Jill/chill, Jew/chew, Jews' Day/Tuesday, hedge/fetch, danger/'doncha' = 'don't you'*

these/this, as/mass, has/hassle, puzzle/pestle
the/thing, thou/thousand (voiced: this, those,
em, clothes; voiceless: think, through, thorn, cloth)
Asia, leisure, seizure,
measure, treasure, pleasure
lagged/lacked, halved/laughed, nabbed/napped


* The sound is . Other examples of this sound:
'woncha' = "won't you", picture, miniature, feature, signature

Also: "do you" is often pronounced to sound exactly the same as "Jew"


Our warmest thanks go to ...

Speaker Geographical origin Date of recording Approx age

Natalie Brown
Tim Bowyer


April, 2000
April, 2000


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