Thank you for being here. We hope you can hear us. Here – aqui, and hear – oír are homophones. That’s what we’re speaking about on today’s podcast. Welcome to Aprender Inglés with Reza and Craig.
Email feedback from Alberto Gallego, who’s in Australia.
Thank you because some of the subjects you talk about are really important in English culture. For example, a long time ago you mentioned greeting cards and all kinds of cards you send to people ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/79 ) I live in an English speaking country, so it’s quite important to understand these things.
About tipping, ( http://www.inglespodcast.com/232 ) I live in a small village about 2 hours North from Sydney and I haven’t seen many people giving tips in restaurants or pubs, but it’s very common to give a “gold coin”, which is a one dollar coin to the person who looks after your car during an event or for fundraising. I don’t know if in the big cities they give tips. In my case, when I’ve gone to Sydney, I’ve never given a tip. I didn’t realise about other customers (I didn’t notice) but I don’t think they do it.
What are homophones? – same pronunciation, different spelling, and meaning
Hear and here
You’re and your: You’re is a contraction of ‘you are’.
Brake / break: You’re driving too fast – hit the brakes!/ He’ll break his leg if she jumps off the wall
Cell / sell: prison cell, cell phone./ A salesman tries to sell things
Flour / flower: Flour is an ingredient of bread./ There are pretty flowers of many colours
For / four / fore: I’d do anything for you, darling!/ Four plus four equals eight./ This new young star has come to the fore in his latest film.
Hour / our: Our podcast usually lasts about half an hour.
Knight / night: Once a knight, always a knight. But once a night is enough.
Poor / pour/ paw: Shall I pour the tea?/ Do you think we’re poor?/ The poor dog’s hurt his paw.
right/ write/ rite: That’s not right – it’s wrong!/ Children should learn to read and write./ Funeral rites vary in different countries
Sea / see / C: When we look out of the window, we see the sea. / A, B, C…
Son / sun: Don’t spend too much time in the sun, son.
Steal / steel: Who is otherwise known as The Man of Steel?/ The robbers tried to steal the gold.
Weather / whether : I don’t know whether I’ll go for a walk on the beach today. It depends on the weather.
Aisle / I’ll / isle: I’ll have a window seat, not an aisle seat, please./ The Isle of Man is in the Irish Sea.
Homophones that are often confused:
Accept / except: Accept is a verb that means to take or receive – We’ll accept anything you want to send us. Except for drugs, of course. That would be illegal!
Affect / effect: Affect is usually used as a verb: Effect is usually used as a noun*. We hope that our podcast is having a positive effect on your English./ I’ve been sleeping badly and I think it’s affecting my health. (*except to effect = bring something about. The government effected many new policies)
Compliment / complement: Compliment (say something nice) You’re hair looks nice today. I like your shirt. Complement makes something better or completes This wine complements the fish perfectly. This podcast is an excellent complement to your English studies.
To / too/ two: To can be a preposition or infinitive when used with a verb. I’m always keen to record podcasts. I like tea. I like coffee, too./ One, two, three…
Quick test: guess the homophones:
Example: be (verb) &….. Bee (insect)
Feet (plural of foot) &….. Feat (impressive achievement)
No (negative) &….. Know (have knowledge)
Red (colour) &….. Read (past of “to read”)
Site (location) &….. Sight (vision) &….. Cite (refer to another’s word)
Were (past of “to be”) &….. Where (place) &….. Wear (clothes) – Same pronunciation?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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