Insight: Homonyms -
Detect Word Meaning Through Listening
/th/ - There, Their, They're
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. There (referring to a place)
b. Their (belonging to a group of people)
c. They're (the contracted form of ‘they
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.
They’re coming over at 7:00.
The books and CD’s are over there.
Tell them to bring their friends along.
(Answers: c, a, b)
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Featured Learning Resource:
Okanagan College Pronunciation
This is a
wonderful online resource for helping you
improve your spoken English. The website
features audio exercises, short videos and
worksheets you can download.
listening and pronouncing the two /th/
sounds go the the sections with the /?/
(voiceless th) and the /?/ (voiced
th). Click on the audio activity called
Minimal Pairs and follow the directions.
Click on the image to go to the site