What are homophones, words that sound similar but have different meanings. They sound similar but their pronunciation differs slightly which confuses a lot of English students and they make some hilarious mistakes while saying these English words. In this English lesson with Meera learn 10 most common hilarious homophones and avoid making these stupid mistakes while speaking English.
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Hey everybody, welcome back to Let’s Talk, this is me Meera. Today we’re going to learn a few homophones. What are homophones? Homophones are basically words which sound similar and create extra confusion in all our lives, right? So these are similar sounding words but with different meanings, so let’s take a look at and the reason first of all why I have written hilarious homophones is because the sentence, the whole sentence becomes really funny when you use incorrect spellings for incorrect sentences and the meaning completely changes and becomes very funny. Let’s take a look at how it becomes funny, all right so let me ask you a question before we start and we’re going to start with the first word okay, so let me ask you, “Who is your favorite heroine?” What would you use? Would you use heroine with an ‘e’ or without ‘e’, any guesses, anyone? Okay so basically if you want to say that your favorite heroine is so-and-so heroine is nobody but an actor or a performer who has done few noble causes or participates in a lot of social work activities is a heroine right so there you use heroin with an ‘e’ all right? Someone you look up to, okay? A person you look up to and that brings me to heroin now what is heroin you are basically or someone is addicted to heroin which is not a good thing, it is a drug there you would use heroin without an ‘e’. See how this can create a confusion so what if I say, “My favorite heroin is so-and-so.” Don’t you think it’ll be like hey one second do you mean that your favorite drug is so-and-so but no you actually meant heroine with an ‘e’ so this is how we’re going to take the lesson ahead from here. Let’s understand the second confusion between two similar sounding words rain versus reign. Okay they’ve got the sound very same but the meaning is completely different tell me which spelling would you use when I say during the Monarchs reign everyone was serving to the Monarch. So what would you, would you use r-a-i-n or r-e-i-g-n? You would use r-e-i-g-n, I’m sure this one was pretty easy that’s because you know ‘rain’, it just means water showers, right? Weather condition, oh yes that makes me bring to weather and whether but that’s a different day different time I would give you that example as well but reign is a period where someone is ruling whether it’s a Monarch or whether it’s a certain queen or a king here you would use this all right a period of time ruled by someone, that is when you use reign, during someone’s reign, okay? And that is when you will not use r-a-i-n okay? Let’s move on to the next one, now this is my favorite one, all right, so growing up I was always confused whenever was Christmas time and I always used to write different spellings each time till that I actually got to know what are the different meanings of each one, let’s begin ‘Claus’ versus ‘claws’ versus ‘clause’ any guesses what which clause belongs to which clause? Okay tell me what would you use for Santa Claus, Santa Claus would you use a-w-s, a-u-s-e or simply a-u-s, any guesses? Okay it’s Santa Claus all right, it is Santa for Santa Claus it’s just Claus and claws or don’t put your claws in my chest. So if you want to make fun of your friend who has really long nails you can say, hey your claws are hurting me that means long nails, usually of course this is how you identify animal’s nails but just for fun you can use it for a female friend all right? Okay these are nails usually, of course they’re used to hunt, animals use these claws to hunt, all right? And moving on to the last one that’s ‘clause’ now that’s a legal sentence or a legal terminology and that is how you use it mostly professionally or legally all right? Legal sentence or term, I hope you can read it properly. That brings me to the next word and the confusion between the both. Let’s take a look at this, that restaurant serves the pasta which is with, comes with bread as a complement. Now what would you use? Don’t you think you get confused between this or you probably would get confused especially if you have to write it down? Have you ever focused on a menu card before which reads the bread comes as a complement or the barbecue sauce comes as a complement with the steak, which one would you use ‘I’ or ‘e’? Confusion right? And can you imagine how funny it gets when I say, here you would figure out what the answer is, the barbecue sauce comes as a compliment with the steak, which actually means that the barbecue sauce is complimenting the steak that, ‘hey steak, you look so good’. It’s completely, ridiculously funny, right? Well compliment is a nice gesture, right? When, when you tell someone or you admire someone, someone’s dress or someone’s behavior for something nice and that, that’s the time when you compliment, you look good today and I would say thank you so much for the compliment or that was a wonderful session or that was a great show congratulations, thank you for the compliment this is, here is where I use compli, c-o-m-p-l-i-m-e-n-t, all right? Admiring someone. And complement which actually means an addition with something, all right? Addition as a side dish or something that comes with something, accompanying with something, just the way breadsticks are always accompany, pasta is always accompanied by breadsticks, all right? Moving from there we have patience versus patient, any guesses? How you can get confused, ‘the mother has to keep a lot of patients with the kids’. Do you think that is right? Does that make sense? What are you confused between? What do you think, the two meanings are? Am I confusing you enough? Okay let me just rule the confusion out, here is what it means patience with i-n-e-c-e actually means tolerating something, all right? Tolerance, to keep patience, keep calm be patient which means to tolerate something, whereas patients are people who seek medical advice, right? Of course the reason why there is a ‘s’ over there is because the confusion is between the plural form of patient, all right? Patients, people seeking medical help, all right? From a doctor of course. Moving from there we have ‘serial’ versus ‘cereal’, any guesses? Any guesses what you’re going to put where? ‘Well in the morning I usually eat cereal for breakfast’. What cereal? Do you watch a serial or do you eat cereal or you do both? Okay so here’s the thing you watch a serial and that is this. It’s a TV show or anything that, usually a TV show but nowadays that’s all on your phone, right? So there are apps, right? So TV shows, nothing but shows to entertain you, whereas you eat this cereal for breakfast, all right? It’s food, food which is usually eaten during breakfast. Okay, moving from there we have waist versus waste. What a waste of time this was. Any guesses or you have a nice fit waste or this is a body part, which one is the body part garbage is waste and body part is also waist and which one is that? Well its w-a-i-s-t is a body part and now it’s very easy to guess waste is garbage or useless, useless things or useless stuff is waste, especially waste of time that means you’re wasting a lot of time, which you shouldn’t. All right, moving from there we have the last confusion which is going to be cleared way soon accept versus except very, very thin line difference between both the pronunciation too can be cleared out so here’s how I would use it, ‘I do not accept your apology’ right accept it. Except for this, you don’t have to do anything else for homework. See how I’m clarifying accept versus except, just try to get that little ‘ae’ where you use except. So except means and accept means what? Accept is, ‘to accept an apology’, ‘to agree to something’. Except is nothing but keeping, leaving one thing aside or few things aside you mean to say that, ‘the rest is okay with except for this, not this, okay? So when you actually disregard, disregard one/many things. Well guys having said all of this there’s so many difficult homophones out there which we get confused by but I’m here to just clear that out for you these were few for today what we’ll do is, I’ll come up with some more interesting ones which will definitely clear out even more confusion and help you get your English to much better standards. Well but this is all for today. I’m going to see you guys very soon with another topic until then make sure that you’re practicing, make sure that you’re smiling, this is me Meera signing off for the day guys, bye.