Learn how to pronounce the words MINOR & MINER with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.


A minor is a small or underaged person

A miner is a person who works in a mine.


These words are pronounced MY-NER or /maɪnər/.


A minor cannot be a miner.

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Hello! Jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday homophone lesson. Homophones are words that are pronounced exactly the same way. They are spelled differently and have different meanings.

Our words today are:
minor a small or underage person and
minor a person who works in a mine

So to say these words correctly we have two beats or two syllables: my ner

I wrote this two different ways m with the long I. But I also wrote it as my because that word is pronounced the same way and if that is an easy way for you to remember it then great.

So again to say this word correctly let’s start with the my. To do this lips together for the m air moves out of the nose. And then open for that long I. Open wide, tongue tip is low, back of the tongue is pulled up, and then smile.

my my my

Next we’re going to end with the second syllable ner. To do this touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth. Air moves out of your nose. And then move to square tense lips with the tip of the tongue either pointed down or flipped back. Back of the tongue pulled up for the ER.

Let’s put it all together
my ner my ner
minor miner
minor miner
minor miner

And now for a sentence:
A minor cannot be a miner.

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