Learn how to pronounce the words STATIONARY & STATIONERY with this American English Homophone Pronunciation Lesson.


STATIONARY: not moving or changing

STATIONERY: writing paper


These words are pronounced exactly the same way!

/ˈsteɪʃəˌnɛri / or STAY-SHUN-AIR-EE


It is easiest to write on the stationery is the desk is stationary.

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It’s Jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday homophone lesson.

We have two words today that are spelled differently, they have different meanings, but they are pronounced exactly the same way. We have:

stationary which is not moving or not changing and

stationery which is writing paper

So to say these words correctly we are going to look at four syllables in this word.

Let’s start with syllable number one. fFor syllable number one we are going to say stay and to do this start with that s. The tip of your tongue is pointed down or it’s just behind those top front teeth. Air continues out. Then touch the teeth for that t.

And then we’re going to move to the a by opening the mouth wide and moving to a smile. As you move the lips, the tip of the tongue will move from low in the mouth with the back pulled high up, to the tip of the tongue will be right behind the top front teeth. It’ll be high and flat. stay stay

Next we’re going to move to shun. And to do this round the lips shh. Air is going to move out of your mouth for that sh sound. That’s two letters with one sound. Do not touch the tongue to your teeth for this sound.

Next relax the lip. tongues are just tongue. Relax the lips, tongue is just relaxed in the middle of the mouth for that uh, and then touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth for that n sound.  Air will move out of your nose.  shun stay shun

Next we’re going to move to air and to do this open wide. Tip of the tongue low, back of the tongue is pulled high up, move to square tense lips. As you do this your tongue will move a little tiny bit as you close your mouth. Again tip of the tongue is either down or flipped back, whichever is your preference, and then we’re going to end with that e by smiling – because we are finished.

Let’s put it all together stay shun air e

station airy

stationary stationary stationary

stationery stationery stationery

And now for a sentence:

It is easiest to write on the stationary if the desk is stationary.

Give it a try I know people will notice the difference!

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