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Thursday, February 09, 2006

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS

Do you find English pronunciation confusing? Well, don’t worry - you are not alone. Even native speakers of English struggle with how to correctly pronounce some words.

One of the reasons why English pronunciation is difficult is because there are many words which are spelled differently, have different meanings, but are pronounced EXACTLY the same. These are called homophones. Here are some examples of commonly mispronounced homophones :

Mail (sending something by post)= Male (opposite of female)

Made (the past of “make”) = Maid (a person who cleans)

Seen (the past participle of “see”)= Scene (part of a movie)

Would (a modal) = Wood (the material from trees)

If you would like more information on WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.

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