Learn how to pronounce the words CONVICT & CONVICT 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.


/ˈkɑnvɪkt & kənˈvɪkt/


A prisoner

To find guilty


Hi it’s Jennifer from Tarle speech with your heteronym lesson.

We have two words today that are spelled the same but they have different pronunciations and different meanings.

So we have convict which means a prisoner and
convict which means to find guilty.

We have a pattern here today. When you have a heteronym and one is a noun, you are going to stress syllable number one. When you have a verb you’re going to stress syllable number two.

So these words are pronounced almost exactly the same just one syllable will be stressed differently in these words. So let’s start with that vict, that last syllable. We’re going to say that V. If you struggle with this V sound smile. Think of this as being your favorite sound. That’s going to help you make sure that you say this sound correctly. And when you say the sound, air is going to continuously move out of your mouth. Again I recommend kind of smiling lips. You’re going to gently bite the inside or the outside of that bottom lip. Move to that short I sound. Your mouth is going to relax and open a bit and the tongue is going to be just behind the top front teeth. You’re not going to be able to see it.

Next move to that k. Tip of the tongue is all the way low in the mouth. Back of the tongue is pulled high up. Air Puffs out and then move the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth for the T.
vict vect

We’re going to start syllable number one with that k sound. We know how to do that. And we’re going to end with that n.The tongue tip touches the back of the teeth where the teeth meet the skin on the roof of your mouth. For that n air moves out of your nose. We have a slight vowel difference here and I’m teaching it this way because in con, when we have the noun, and we’re stressing syllable number one, that vowel is going to be louder, higher, and longer. So when you open your mouth it’s going to make that vowel longer.
convict convict convict convict convict

When we unstress it and we make it really short, we are just going to say that schwa, that short uh.

convict convict convict

So we have convict convict convict convict

And now for a sentence:
The judge will convict the convict tomorrow.

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