Learn how to pronounce the words PROJECT & PROJECT 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: /ˈprɑʤɛkt/ PROH-ject

Verb: /prəˈʤɛkt/ pro-JECT


Noun: a task

Verb: to show something on a screen; to make an estimate


Hey Jennifer from Tarle speech with another heteronym lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but they have different meanings and different pronunciations. Yes super confusing, I know. Our words today are a super duper duper duper common mistake that I hear a lot of my students say. And the words are project which is to show something on a screen and project a task.

So we have project which is the task the noun and project which is the verb. Let’s get this out of the way common rule: in heteronyms if it’s a noun and a verb, syllable number one will be stressed in a noun and syllable number two will be stressed in the verb. So to say these words correctly let’s start with that syllable number two because it’s the same sounds in syllable number two. ject ject ject.

We’re going to start with that J J. To do this rounded lips, you’re going to touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth, where the teeth meet the skin on the roof of your mouth, then you’re going to pull that tongue back into the middle of the mouth while air puffs out.


My tongue is doing this J j j

Next we’re going to add that eh sound. To do this your mouth is slightly open. You’re just going to see the tip of your tongue between your top and your bottom teeth. EH. Move to that k- tip of the tongue is down back of the tongue is pulled high up air puffs out then you’re going to flip the tongue touch the tip of the tongue to the teeth for that t

ject ject ject

Hope that little hand movement wasn’t too confusing for you.

Now for the beginning of both of these words we’re going to start with that p r. My tip is get your tongue where it needs to be for that R: tip of the tongue down or flipped back, back of the tongue pulled high up. Put your lips together say that P, and then your tongue is already there for the r : per per per.

For project you’re gonna open your mouth wide for that oh. Tip of the tongue is low, back of the tongue is pulled high up for oh. We’re gonna move from open to a pucker for that long o sound. Tongue is going to move from low in the front to just flat.

Let’s put these all together:

project project project project project

project project project project project

project project
project project

And now for a sentence:

Please project your project on the screen.

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