The English language has borrowed words from so many languages and cultures that it has become a very confusing and often unpredictable language to learn. For instance, the words “to” and “too”, semantically,  are two completely different words which you can easily switch. This is the unfaithful reality of English homophones.

Homophones are words with the same sound but have different meaning and spelling. Examples of English homophones are “queue” and “cue”, “leek” and “leak”, “meet” and “meat”, and many other English words.

It brings a lot of confusion to us and it also results in misunderstandings. It seems like English homophones are bandits, ready to steal your golden words.

So, to avoid homophone mishap, we will give you 4 tricks to master English homophones and quickly avoid misunderstandings.

Link the words with others that you know

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You may link words for better understanding.

Even how intently you will listen to homophones you will not get the right spelling unless you will link the word to things that are related to it.
Like for example the words, here and hear. You may link hear to ear and here to there (places). In this way, you will have the idea what you are referring to.

Look for a letter or letters for emphasis

When someone asks you what word you are referring to, you may use a letter or letters within the main word for emphasis. This will help you highlight their difference in spelling and in meaning. Let’s take as an example the words peas and peace.  You may say “peas with an S” or “peace with a C”. With this, you can easily spot the thing you want to deliver.

Learn the context clues

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Context clues made us understand words easier.

Context clues are hints that are given to the readers or listeners for them to understand the unfamiliar word or to elaborate homophones to avoid misunderstandings and confusion. Usually, context clues are used in a sentence to highlight the thing you want to share.

Let’s use the words beech and beach. ”The hardwood of beech makes good furniture” and “The sunset view and the white sand at the beach are beyond compare.” Notice the two sentences, upon hearing these sentences, we can easily draw that the first sentence refers to a tree because of the clue hardwood. Then, in the second sentence, we can tell that it is all about the beach, a place where there are sand and a sea.

 Learn the spelling and meaning

By properly learning a word’s spelling and meaning, you are instantly minimizing the chances of confusing homophones when used in talking or in writing.

We hope that you learned something from these tricks. There are still many ways to be adept with English homophones. So, we are willing to share this with you. Just stay tuned.

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