Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Homophones are tricky!

Understanding them can help push your English to the next level.

Today we chat with Tim Torkildson, an ESL blogger who loves teaching about homophones!

A homophone is a word that has the same pronunciation as another word, but a different spelling and meaning.

English has a lot of these!


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Homophones can be confusing for non-native English speakers because they might follow two different rules of spelling.

The reason for these differences is that English comes from many distinct languages, including French, Latin and old Celtic and Germanic languages.

Here are some examples of common English homophones:

  • Ant; Aunt
  • See; Sea
  • Pause; Paws
  • Air; Err; Heir
  • Wrapped; Rapt; Rapped

Have you encountered other examples of homophones while studying English?

Share with us in the comments section below!


Tim TTim Torkildson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He first went to Thailand in 1974 as a missionary, and returned there again in 2004 as an English teacher for 5 years.  You can find out more about him here:

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