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


CRUISE: a sailing ship

CREWS: a group of workers


These words are pronounced exactly the same way!



The work crews took a cruise.

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Hi! Jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday. Two words spelled differently, different meanings, but pronounced exactly the same way. Yes, these words are pronounced the same way.

We have cruise a sailing ship and crews a group of workers.

So to say these words correctly, let’s start with that k sound. Tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled high up, air puffs out, then you’re going to move to that r sound by moving your lips to a square tense shape. For me the tip of my tongue stays down, and the back of my tongue stays up, for others of you, the tip of your tongue will flip back, and that is okay too, just as long as you do not touch the tip of the tongue to the teeth for that r sound.

Next we’re going to move to the ew and to do that pucker. As you pucker your tongue is just flat in the middle of your mouth.

And then end with the z z. To do this, the tip of your tongue is behind the top front teeth or it’s pointed down towards the bottom of the mouth. Air is moving out of your nose and your voice box is on vibrating and moving. Z

Let’s put it all together:
cruise cruise cruise
crews crews crews
cruise crews

And now for a sentence:

The work crews took a cruise.

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