Learn how to pronounce the words SEWER & SEWER 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.


/ˈsoʊər & ˈsuər/


a person who sews

an underground place for human waste


Hi everyone it’s Jennifer from Tarle speech with your heteronym lesson. Heteronyms are words that are pronounced differently and have different meanings but they have the same spelling. So it gets very confusing.

Our words today are sewer a person who sews and
Sewer which is an underground place for human waste

So to say these words correctly, we’re going to start both of them with that s sound. Tip of the tongue is down and or behind the top front teeth. Air continues out of the mouth. And let’s work on that ER that ending sound for this. I recommend Square tense lips. The tip of your tongue is either pointed down or flipped back. Back of the tongue is pulled high up. The key is do not touch your teeth with your tongue. er er ER.

Now for the difference the first vowel for sewer, the person who sews.We are going to say that long o vowel and to do that you’re going to open your mouth wide and then move to a pucker – oh. As you do that your tongue will be low in your mouth to start, the back is pulled up, and then as you move to the pucker your tongue will just flatten out and end in the middle of your mouth.

so er so er sewer so wer sewer

You might hear a little W in there and that is caused from the movement from that o to the er.

Next for sewer, what you’re going to do is you’re going to say that oooo sound. And for that oo sound tongue is flat and the mouth and your lips are puckered.

Sue Sue Sue sewer sewer sewer sewer sewer sewer

So we have sewer and Sewer
sewer sewer sewer
sewer sewer sewer sewer

And now for a sentence:
The sewer stopped her work, looked up, and asked, do you smell that sewer smell?

Give it a try people will notice the difference.

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