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


BOLDER: daring and less hesitant

BOULDER: a large rock


These words are pronounced exactly the same way!

/ˈboʊldər/ or b-o-l-d-er


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Hello hello!

It’s Jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday homophone lesson.

Homophones are words that are pronounced exactly the same way. They just have different spellings and different meanings. Our words today are boulder which is a large rock and bolder which means daring and less hesitant.

So let’s take a look at these words and we are going to start with that b sound. To do this your lips are together. Then we are going to move to that long o.

So to do this from that b open your mouth wide, tip of your tongue will be low, back of the tongue will be pulled high up, and then you’re going to move to a pucker. As you move to a pucker, your tongue will just flatten out in your mouth, and it’ll be in the middle.

Then touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth for that l. Pull it down for the d- d.

And then end with the er.  Think about having square tense lips here. The reason I teach it this way is because of the mistakes I see are:

people pucker too much or

they just have their mouth relaxed way too much

And then you don’t get your tongue in the right place and you have the incorrect sound. Tip of the tongue will be low, back of the tongue will be pulled high up, or you can flip the tongue tip back as long as the back of that tongue is nice and high and tense.

Let’s put it all together boulder bolder boulder bolder boulder bolder boulder

And now for a sentence:

After the hiker moved the small boulder he felt bolder!

Give it a try people will notice the difference!

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