Learn how to pronounce the words SAKE & SAKE with this American English Heteronym pronunciation lesson.


Noun: a type of alcohol

Adjective: a purpose


Noun: /sɔ-ki/

Adjective: /seɪk/


For goodness sake, let’s just do another round of sake.

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Hi everyone Jennifer from Tarle speech. I have a word today that is a heteronym, actually two words. Heteronyms are spelled the same but they have different meanings and pronunciations. I ask humbly for forgiveness from all Japanese speakers and all of my Japanese students . I’m going to teach this the American way. It is not the Japanese way of pronouncing this word. um But my point in the lesson is to teach the difference. So we have sake which is how we pronounce it in America. I’m gonna try the Japanese way: sake. Um and that is the drink and then we have sake which means a purpose.

The big difference here is that there are two syllables in sake and one syllable in sake.

So we have sake sake sake sake and
sake sake sake sake sake sake sake

And now for a sentence for goodness sake, let’s just do another round of sake!

Give it a try I know people are going to notice the difference. If you found this helpful, please give us a like, and a share, and again asking for forgiveness from all of my students for mispronouncing that Japanese word. I’m just teaching the American pronunciation. And if you need more help you can check us out at Tarle speech.

Thanks so much everyone have an amazing weekend!