English Homonyms

Written by: Ray

I’m Ray from Johannesburg, South Africa. I’ve been teaching English to children and adults in a variety of settings. I began as an online English teacher to adults in Johannesburg before moving to Korea to teach children from kindergarten to the 6th grade, in an after-school language program for a public school in Jeonju. I then taught elementary school students in Thailand before returning to Korea to teach at private language schools in Jeonju and Anyang-si. I have 6+ years of teaching experience with all ages, levels, and nationalities. I look forward to speaking with you soon.



Happy Homonyms!

What are homonyms you may ask?

Homonyms are like twins that have different personalities. Meaning they are words that are spelled the same and even sound the same but they have different meanings.

Here are 4 pictures of different homonyms. Can you figure out what they are? Make a comment below with your answers!

So I could say, “Jill can kick the can and do the can-can.”

Can – the ability to do something i.e.: I can sing.

Can- a cylindrical metal container i.e.: A can of soda.

The can-can – a high-energy dance that involves a lot of high kicks to a well-known tune.


All of them are spelled the same and even pronounced the same: however, they all mean something different.


But sometimes homonyms can make things a little bit weird.

“Aye! Aye!” can be what you shout when you’re singing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song.

Or an ayeaye – A googly-eyed aye aye is an animal that lives in the forests of Madagascar.

“Aye! Aye!” –  The way one might acknowledge an order received in the navy or

how you might respond ‘yes, yes’ if you lived in the 1570s.


And that is just scratching the surface of how much fun you can nave learning homonyms.  Check out some more of them below. See if you can use the examples of homonyms used here to expand and improve your speaking skills, or book a free English lesson with me today! I’m excited to meet you!


– Ray from Fluentella


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