How Wrong Pronunciation Can Change The Meaning Of A Word

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We often come across words that sound the same but have different meanings. Well, in most of the cases, these words sound slightly different from each other. And, pronouncing a word wrong can sometimes change its meaning entirely. There is a term for such words; its called Homonyms.

We often face this situation where we pronounce a word wrong if we are new to a language. This situation is very common with language learners and travellers.

In this article, you will get to know about  some examples of the words that sound the same but have different meanings. For this, I will show you some examples of English Homonyms, French Homonyms, and German Homonyms. You will be surprised to know how these words with almost same pronunciation have meanings that are way different from each other. I will also tell you how to overcome such silly mistakes with the help of a translator app.

Here Are Some Words That Sound The Same But Have Different Meanings

Common English Homonyms

The first example here is of a couple of English words that are very common. They almost sound the same, but their meanings are very different from each other. A Pear is a fruit, whereas anything in couple is referred to as a Pair.

These both words Desert and Dessert are closely similar to each other, both in spelling as well as pronunciation. The difference in pronunciation of these words is minute. While pronouncing Desert, there’s not much stress on the letter e after D, and small stress on S. And, while pronouncing Dessert, the e and the s sounds are prominent.

Here’s another good example. Wouldn’t it be weird if someone said, “and the Jury decided to Persecute my client”?

Let us now move on to a couple of examples from other languages as well.

Common French Homonyms

These two french words when pronounced, are almost similar, but not exactly. See how their meanings differ from each other?

This again, is a good example of French Homonym.

Common German Homonyms

You probably don’t wanna mess up while using these German homonyms. Probably, you wouldn’t wanna end up saying “Guten Nackt” to someone.

Can you see the potential of these words to make a great tongue twister?

“I  küsste her at the  küste.”

And what if you somehow managed to pronounce these words wrong?

“I  küste her at the  küsste.”

Disaster, no?

So, these were some of the many common homonyms that occur in not only English, French, or German, but many other languages from all around the World. So, what’s the solution to learn perfect pronunciation of words?

You can take help of one of the many translator apps available out there. I would recommend Alpha Translator. This app is really simple to use, and provides perfect pronunciations of words. Whether you are a language learner or a traveller, this app will work wonders for you. All you have to do is translate a word in any of the 60+ languages it supports, then listen to the translated word’s pronunciation.

Download Alpha Translator here.

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