Learn how to pronounce the words POLISH & POLISH 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: from Poland

Verb: to shine


Noun: /ˈpoʊlɪʃ/ POLE-ish

Verb: /ˈpɑlɪʃ/ POL-ish


Hi everyone it’s Jennifer with your weekly heteronym lesson. We have two words today:

Polish which means from Poland and

polish which means to shine

So to say polish we are going to start with pole. To do that say the p: lips together and they just open. Air Puffs out. Move to that o. You’re gonna open your mouth and then move to a pucker. As you do that the tip of your tongue moves from low to the center of your mouth. And then touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth for that l l. As you do that I suggest you pull your lips back into more of a smiling shape.

Pole Pole Pole

For polish you’re just going to open your mouth wide for that oh. Oval shaped mouth, tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled way high up. pol

Same tip here for that L when you touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth make sure that you think about smiling lips and pulling those back. We’re going to end both of these words with ish and to do this your mouth is slightly open and the tongue is flat and high in the mouth. It is just behind the top Front Teeth ih ih ih.

Next we’re going to add that shh sound, and to do that, pucker your lips, and your tongue is going to be in the middle of your mouth. The tongue is going to be high. sh

Some people do touch the insides of their tongue to the back teeth and that is okay.

Let’s put these all together:

pole ish polish
pol ish polish
Polish Polish Polish
Polish Polish Polish

polish polish polish
polish polish polish

Polish polish

And now for a sentence:

I love to polish the vase that my polish grandmother gave to me.

Give it a try I know people are going to notice the difference. Give us a sentence of your own and let us know what you think about this lesson. If you need help you can check us out at Tarle speech.

Thanks so much everyone have an amazing week!