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Insight: Homonyms -
Detect Word Meaning Through Listening
L Sound: Aisle, Isle, I'll
Homonyms are groups of two or three words that have the same
pronunciation but different spellings and meanings. There are
many homonyms in English and you can only understand the
meaning of the word by listening to the context of the
Our homonyms for this week are:
a. aisle (a place to walk between rows in a store, theater or
b. isle (a small island)
c. I’ll (the contracted form of ‘I will’)
Listen as I say each sentence and choose the correct word
from the pair of homonyms above. Remember that homonyms sound
the same so you can only understand the meaning of the word
from the context of the sentence.
When I get home I’ll give you a call.
The bread is in aisle five.
Susan wants to visit a tropical isle on her
Answers: c, a, b
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Featured Learning Resource
Jennifer ESL - Jennifer is an American ESL
teacher who has put more than 90 English
lessons on YouTube.
In the video here Jennifer helps you
practice how to pronounce the sounds of /r/
Video of Sung Yuri Speaking English
For a humorous take on the /r/ & /l/ sounds you can look
at this video featuring a young Korean actress named Sung
Yu Ri. In the video Sung Yu Ri is participating in a job
interview where many of the questions from her prospective
employer require an answer that includes words with the /r/
& /l/ sounds.