Oral English: Homophones Pt 1

Andy-弘安迪 7:03 AM
Today’s lesson is on ‘homophones’, it will be a series of posts over time. After you read and listen to the lesson please share any English homophones you know and we can include it in the series as well as on our study group’s webpage…

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning, and may differ in spelling. The classic example in Chinese of homophones is 吗,马,妈。The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or spelled differently, such as “carat, caret, and carrot”, or “to, two, and too”.

I’ll post a series of common homophones in English, here’s just a few to “whet your appetite” (this is an idiom that means to heighten your interest). In fact, “whet” and “wet” are both homophones in that they mean different things but have the same sound. “whet” means to sharpen, “wet” you probably already know means soaked or coated in a liquid such as water.

Andy-弘安迪 7:12 AM
Do you know any homophones in English? Please share and I’ll include them in the series.

Steel – A metal made from iron: “The building had steel beams at its center”
Steal – To take something belonging to another: “Don’t steal, or you will go to jail”

Aloud – Out loud, as opposed to mentally: “Please read the next chapter aloud, Sarah”
Allowed – Permitted: “Cheeseburgers are not allowed on my diet, but I eat them anyway”

Club – A solid object used as a tool or weapon: “I used my purse as a club and pounded the burglar’s head”
Club – A group sharing a similar interest or aim: “Bill joined the model train club”
Club – A commercial establishment for drinking and dancing: “Come to the club with me on Friday”

@Vivian added these homophones: Site & Sight, Hear & Here.