Learn how to pronounce the words LEAD & LEAD 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: /lɛd/

Verb: /lid/


Noun: a metallic element

Verb: to guide.


Hello it’s jennifer from Tarle Speech with your heteronym pronunciation lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but they have different pronunciations and different meanings. Our words today are lead a metallic element and lead to guide.

So these words start and end with the same sound so let’s start there. To say the l sound, tip of the tongue is going to touch the back of your top front teeth. To be super specific it’s the alveolar ridge which is the little piece of skin that just starts to touch the top of the teeth.

My lips are pulled back in more of a smile shape. They are not rounded it’s not ooh it’s L.

Going to end with a d d. Tongue is going to touch that alveolar ridge again, which is the spot where your teeth meet the skin the roof of your mouth. As you do that, the tongue is going to pop down a little bit, pull away from those teeth, and the air is going to puff out. Your voice box is on and moving for that d sound.

For the noun for lead, that is going to be the short e sound. My mouth is going to be a little more open and more relaxed for this vowel. You can see the tip of my tongue just peeking out between the top and the bottom teeth.

For the long e in lead you smile. Your tongue will be nice and high and flat and tense. e e e.

So we have
lead lead lead
lead lead lead
lead lead lead

And now for a sentence:

Lead me to the lead deposit.

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