Learn how to pronounce the words GORILLA & GUERRILLA with this American English Homophone Pronunciation Lesson. These words are homophones and are pronounced exactly the same way.


GUERRILLA:  A small independent group who takes on a larger, established force

GORILLA: A large African ape


These words are pronounced exactly the same way! (The options below will both work.)

guh-ril-uh or /gəˈrɪlə/


gor-il-uh or /goʊrˈɪlə/


The work crews took a cruise.

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Two for Tuesday✌️Learn English HOMOPHONE Pronunciation


Hey everyone Jennifer with Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday homophone lesson. Homophones are words that are spelled differently, they have different meanings, but the pronunciations are exactly the same. We have a great request today from a student. I love this one. We have gorilla which is a small independent group that takes part in fighting a larger established force; and gorilla a large African ape. We have three syllables or three beats in each of these words. People may hear them a little bit differently. I’m going to teach you two different ways to think about pronouncing them. But when you say it, it’s probably going to sound exactly the same way.

To say this word correctly or these words correctly we’re going to start with way number one here we’re going to start with g. And to do that the tip of your tongue is down for that g, back of the tongue is pulled way high up, air is going to puff out, your voice box is on and moving. Then you’re going to add that uh vowel guh guh guh

Next you’re going to move to that ril syllable and to do this start with that r er: square tense lips, tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled high up. Some people may flip the tongue back. Totally fine as well. Move to that short ih sound. To do that you’re going to relax your lips your mouth is slightly open and the tip of your tongue is going to be behind your top front teeth, it is not touching, and you’re not going to be able to see it. But it’s right there. ih ih

And then touch the spot where your teeth meet the skin on the roof of your mouth for that l real ril ril and then end with the schwa relaxed mouth relaxed tongue uh
guh ril uh gorilla

You might hear it this way and this is fine if this works for you ger il la

So to say ger we’re going to start with that g and then move to that er. Your tongue is going to say in about the same place if you make the er with the tip of your tongue down. Or you can flip it back either it’s fine. Then we’re going to move to ill. Again tip of the tongue is right behind those top teeth you can’t see it, then touch the spot where your teeth meet the skin on the roof of your mouth for that l – ill. And then end with uh the schwa: open mouth and relax uh

So let’s try these both we have aguh ril uh gorilla gorilla gorilla or ger il uh gorilla gorilla gorilla

They sound the same to me again whichever is easy for you stick with that one. So let’s try these again gorilla gorilla gorilla gorilla gorilla gorilla.

And now for a sentence, let me find my paper, Did you know there is a video game called gorilla gorillas? There really is I googled it. So give it a try people are going to notice the difference. If you found this helpful please share us with your friends, give us a like, don’t forget to subscribe, and please check out our website tarlepeech.com.

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