Learn how to pronounce the words TAX & TACKS with this American English Homophone Pronunciation Lesson.


TAX: an amount of money required by the government

TACKS: small nails or pins for a cork board


/tæks/ or taks.


Hey everyone Jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday homophone lesson.

Homophones are two words that are pronounced exactly the same way, but have different meanings, and different spellings.

We have the word tax today which is an amount of money required from the government and tacks which are small nails or pins for cork boards.

So to say these words correctly we’re going to start with that t sound. To do this touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth and pull it down quickly. Air puffs out.

Move to that short ah sound. Your mouth is open nice and wide, thinking about having it in a wide circle shape. Tip of the tongue is down back of the tongue is pulled way high up.

Keep your tongue there for that k and let the air just puff out.

And then move the tip of the tongue to behind, but not touching, the top front teeth for that s sound. It can be pointing down a little bit. But you do want to move for that s. You want to move the tip of that tongue up a little bit. s s s

Let’s put it all together t ah k s t-ah-k-s tax tax tax tax tax And now for a sentence: She used tacks to post her tax bill onto the cork board.

Give it a try people are going to notice the difference. If you found this helpful we’d love a like a share and a subscribe. If you need more help go to Tarlespeech.com. Thanks so much everyone have an amazing week!