Learn how to pronounce the words BOW & BOW with this American English heteronym pronunciation lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled exactly the same. They just have a different pronunciation and a different meaning.





used to shoot arrows, a tied string

to lower the head, the head of a ship


Hi there! Jennifer from Tarle speech with your Friday heteronym lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but they have different pronunciations and different meanings. Our words today are bow to lower the head or the front of a ship and bow what we use to shoot arrows.

So the word is spelled b-o-w and again we have two pronunciations because it’s a heteronym. To say the word bow which is to lower your head or the front of the ship two sounds b-ow.

To do this start with your lips together and then open them as the air puffs out for that B. Then we are going to move to the ow and to do that open wide in a circle and then move to puckered lips. While you do this your tongue will start low in the front, high in the back, and then it will move too flat in the middle of your mouth.

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And then for bow you’re gonna again start with that b then you’re gonna move to that pucker bow and then you’re gonna pull the lips back slightly.

So let’s put that all together bow bow bow so bow bow bow bow

Let’s try those all again

bow bow bow

And now for a sentence:

The little girl gave a bow to the queen and then did a bow of respect.

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