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Homophones

Michal, a cat, Alice and Helen in the sitting room
A homophone is a word which is pronounced the same as another word but spelt differently. For example, two (She has two sisters), too (Can I have a coffee too please?) and to (I'm going to lunch).
 

Homophones from episode 8:

Hi and High
Hi, how are you?
At 12 o'clock the sun is high in the sky.

In and Inn
Come in and have a cup of tea.
'Inn' is an old-fashioned word for 'pub'.

Meet and Meat
Do you want to meet later for a drink?
She's a vegetarian so she doesn't eat fish or meat.

Our and Hour
This is our house.
He was waiting for you for over an hour.

New and knew
I love your new dress!
I knew the answer as soon as she asked the question.

We and Wee
We (my husband and I) would love you to come and stay.
Scottish people say 'wee' for 'small' or 'little'.

Need and Knead
We're hungry so we need some food.
To make bread you have to knead the dough (a mixture of flour and water).

So and Sew
It's raining so you need to use your umbrella.
Will you sew a button on this shirt for me please?

You and Ewe
You need to do more studying.
You can get wool from a ram (a male sheep) or a ewe (a female sheep).

Know and No
Do you know where the nearest Post Office is please?
No, I don't know where it is, sorry.

Not and Knot
2 + 2 is not 5.
If you tie string in a knot, it's very difficult to untie it.

Allowed and Aloud
You're not allowed to smoke in this office.
When I was very young, my mum used to read aloud to me every night.

Vocabulary:

a landlord (n, male)/a landlady (n, female):
someone who owns a flat or house which s/he rents to other people

permission (n, uncountable):
to ask someone's permission means to ask someone to allow you to do something

adorable (adj, usually to refer to children or animals):
very cute, loveable

meat, potato and two veg (informal and short for):
meat, potato and two vegetables (a very traditional British meal)
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