Learn how to pronounce the words INTERN & INTERN 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.
Noun: someone that is in training
Verb: to confine to an area
Noun: IN-tern or /ˈɪntɜrn /
Verb: in-TERN or /ɪnˈtɜrn/
Hi everyone jennifer from Tarle speech with your question of the week. It’s another heteronym in our mini series on words that are spelled the same but have different meanings and are pronounced differently.
Today we have
intern which is a noun and that is someone that is in training and then we have
intern which means to confine to an area
So both of these words have the same sounds. The difference is going to be the word stress. What is word stress you might ask? When a syllable is stressed, it is higher in pitch, louder, and the vowel is longer. Conversely when a syllable is unstressed, it is lower, softer, and shorter, and quicker.
So the two beats or the two syllables.
And these words are intern and intern. So let’s talk about the sounds. For in we’re going to start with that short ih sound. Tongue is behind the top front teeth. Mouth is relaxed. Your tongue is not touching anywhere. And your tongue is flat and high in the mouth.
Next we’re going to touch the teeth with the tip of the tongue for that n and air is going to move out of the nose.
in in in
For turn, going to touch the tip of your tongue to the back of the top front teeth, pull it down, and air is going to puff out for that t, then move to square tense lips for that er. The tip of your tongue is either pointed down or flipped back. Back of the tongue is pulled way high up. er er. And then touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth for that n.
So if you have a heteronym, the general rule is the word stress is towards the beginning of the word for a noun, and the end of the word for a verb. So we’re going to stress syllable number one for the noun: in turn intern intern intern
And now for the verb we’re going to stress syllable number two: in turn in turn in turn.
So we have intern intern intern intern intern intern intern
And turn and now for a sentence:
The intern at the funeral home will intern the body.
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