The “Italian Minimal Pairs Examples Flashcards for Anki” are a specially designed pronunciation flashcard deck for Anki, to help you hear, pronounce and memorize the most common Italian minimal pairs. This digital flashcard deck features audio and IPA to reinforce your learning and make them more memorable for you.

Minimal pairs are pairs of Italian words that sound very similar but have just 1 sound that differs between them.

Take for example ‘marzo’ (IPA: /mˈartso/ ) meaning the month of March and ‘marcio’ (IPA: /mˈartʃo/ ) meaning rotten. These 2 words sound very similar but have different meanings.

When learning Italian, it is important to recognize the difference between these Italian minimal pairs to improve your listening and speaking skills.

This is an essential Anki deck for those learning Italian in order to learn pronunciation and improve your listening skills. We recommend learning the Italian alphabet and Italian IPA first before using the Italian minimal pairs deck. This is an exclusive deck only available in the Italian pronunciation bundle.


Although you can create your own set of flashcards for free, it can be very overwhelming especially if you don’t have any experience using Anki. To create an Anki deck from scratch can be time-consuming. On average it takes 3 minutes to create just 1 card. Our Italian minimal pairs flashcards has a total of 444 cards and if you were to create your own from scratch it’ll take 17 hours just on card creation alone. This doesn’t include sourcing native audios, learning how to use Anki and studying the cards.

That’s why we created our own Anki Italian minimal pairs examples flashcards for you. It is quick to install and allows you to not only save time but allows you to focus on learning the differences in sound between the most common Italian words.

Language: Italian

Flashcards: 444 (222 Italian Minimal Pairs Examples x 2 Card Types)

Time: Approx. 2-3 months to Complete

Difficulty: Easy/ Beginners


Anki Italian Minimal Pairs Examples Flashcards:

This is a set of 444 Anki flashcards pre-made for Italian learners. Each flashcard contains 2 Italian words, the IPA of the words and native audio. By using this Anki deck you will be able to:
  • Pronounce each type of sound found in Italian language correctly with IPA and native Italian pronunciation audios
  • Test yourself to hear the differences between very similar-sounding Italian words, thereby, improving your listening comprehension
  • Be familiar with several common Italian words, as our minimal pair words come from the 10,000 most frequently used Italian words, where possible.
  • Gain more confidence to learn more of the Italian Language

Who is this for?

This is for individuals who are beginners in learning Italian. The pre-made Anki deck is suitable for individuals who would like to start learning the basics of Italian without the hassle and time-consuming process of creating your own Italian minimal pairs flashcards from scratch. If you are struggling to hear or pronounce the difference between words that sound similar, this deck will help you practice and learn the minimal pairs found in the top 10,000 words in Italian, as most of the words come from there where possible. We suggest learning Italian minimal pairs after you have learnt the Italian alphabet and Italian IPA.

Where are the Italian Minimal Pair Words Sourced From?

We developed our own process to painstakingly analyze the top 10,000 most frequent words in Italian, and many others. We found a list of top minimal pairs from those most common 10,000 Italian words, where possible. Our technology discovered pairs of words that sound similar but have just 1 sound that is different. Due to those slight sound differences, those minimal pair words have very distinct meanings. Although, Italian learners can often be mispronounced or misunderstand these minimal pairs when speaking Italian and listening to Italian.

What Is Included?

  • 444 flashcards already made for you to learn the 222 most common Italian minimal pairs examples. Each flashcard includes the minimal pair of Italian words, their IPA, and native audio.
  • The Anki Italian Minimal Pairs Examples Flashcards set uses 2 different types of flashcards, which is 1 flashcard for each minimal pair word.
  • Ready to install Anki flashcard deck to start learning Italian instantly!

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn Italian Pronunciation with Minimal Pairs – Get familiar with the 222 most common Italian sounds via Italian minimal pair words, which are part of the fundamentals of the entire Italian language. The Trainer includes a flashcard for each minimal pair, which includes an IPA and native audio for each word to help you with the correct pronunciation. You’ll learn minimal pair words that contrast the following Italian sounds in Italian:
    • /u/, /o/, /ɔ/, /a/, /ɛ/, /e/, /i/, /w/, /j/, /ʎ/, /lː/, /l/, /rː/, /r/, /ɲ/, /nː/, /n/, /mː/, /m/, /ʒ/, /ʃ/, /z/, /sː/, /s/, /v:/, /v/, /f:/, /f/, /dːʒ/, /dʒ/, /tːʃ/, /tʃ/, /dːz/, /dz/, /tːs/, /ts/, /g:/, /g/, /k:/, /k/, /d:/, /d/, /t:/, /t/, /b:/, /b/, /p:/, /p/
  • Test Your Knowledge of the Italian Minimal Pairs – Use spaced repetition included in our Italian Minimal Pair Pronunciation Anki deck so that you can regularly check your listening comprehension and pronunciation of the Italian minimal words, and see how you’re progressing, and focus only on the most difficult Italian sounds.
  • Memorize Italian pronunciation easily – As you study the Italian Minimal Pairs Trainer over 2 to 3 months, you will have memorized all of the top 222 most common Italian minimal pair words and sounds of the Italian language. Then, you’ll have more confidence speaking and listening in Italian and take your Italian study even further.


Below, you can see the Italian Minimal Pairs Pronunciation Trainer for Anki in action. There are 2 different flashcard types for each Italian minimal pair, reflecting each word of the pair. The trainer’s flashcards include IPA and audio, so you can make sure that you pronounce and listen to the Italian words correctly.

1. “Question” of Italian Minimal Pair Card
2. “Answer 1” of Spanish Minimal Pair Card
3. “Answer 2” of Spanish Minimal Pair Card


Learn the Top 222 Italian Minimal Pairs Examples

Start learning the top 222 Italian minimal pairs examples to improve your pronunciation and listening comprehension. As a bonus, you’ll learn common Italian words as our minimal pair words are sourced from the 10,000 frequently used Italian words, where possible. The Trainer shows each minimal pair words on a flashcard, along with its Italian IPA to help you with pronunciation.

Pronounce Italian Minimal Pair Words Correctly With Native Audios

Each flashcard contains an audio of the minimal pair words spoken by a Italian native to help you pronounce correctly the Italian word in the Italian accent. You also have the option to replay the audios of the minimal pair words so that you can really hone in on the differences in Italian sounds.

Test Your Pronunciation & Listening Comprehension with Italian Minimal Pairs Examples

Use spaced repetition included in our Italian Minimal Pairs Anki deck so that you can regularly check your knowledge of Italian sounds and the differences between them. See how you’re progressing, and focus only on the most difficult Italian minimal pairs.


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