Homophones you might be speaking “heteroly”: there, their, they’re; clothes, close; knew, new.

837375_98129162I know, grammar might be boring. Oh, what am I saying? I don’t really mean that: I love grammar. :P

Let me introduce you to homophones. As you probably know, the prefix “homo” means “the same” and homophones are those words who have the same pronunciation but different meaning and spelling; that is, they sound exactly the same but they’re not. BTW, “phone” comes from a Greek word and means voice or sound.

Some teachers like to teach the pronunciation of some words differently so we can understand their different roles in a sentence. I understand and respect the approach but as I like to speak as accurate as I can I’d rather know the truth since the beginning.

So, let me introduce you to some homophones you might not know:

  • there, their, they’re -> they’re all pronounced as /ðɛr/
  • clothes, close -> they’re both pronounced as /kloʊz/ (relax, no voiced th sound /ð/ is required here)
  • knew, new -> they’re both pronounced as /n(j)u/ (optional “i” sound /j/)

Can you think of other homophones that you often hear people mispronouncing?
Please share them with us in the comments section. :D