As any student of English quickly learns, pronunciation and spelling in the language are often very different. This has been challenging and surprising to some of my students when first learning about it, but it’s important to keep calm and continue your learning.
Sometimes in English, words can be spelt differently but pronounced the same. These words are called “homophones”. For example:
Weather = whether
Red = read (past tense)
Week = weak
Won = one
Meet = meat
Pair = pear
Know = no
You might ask, Sam, how can we tell the difference between these words? My answer has always been the same, by context. Be mindful of the context and you won’t go far wrong.
What other homophones can you think of?