Learn how to pronounce the words URN and EARN with this American English Homophone Pronunciation Lesson.
The words URN and EARN are pronounced the same way: ER-N or /ɜrn/
EARN means to obtain money
URN is a tall vase with a base and a lid
Sentence: You need to earn more money to buy the expensive urn.
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Hello! Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your Two for Tuesday!
Our words today are earn – to obtain money
and urn – a tall round vase with a base and a lid.
So earn and urn are homophones – homophones are two words that are spelled differently and have different meanings but they are pronounced exactly the same way. So these words are pronounced exactly the same way.
So to say these words correctly we only have two little sounds we’re going to start with the er sound. The American er I like to describe as long and strong. You can make that with square tensed lips you do not want to pucker. If you pucker it’ll sound more like a w. So square tense lips and the tip of your tongue can either be pointed down or flipped back. It never touches your teeth for the r sounds and the back of your tongue is going to be pulled up high towards the roof of your mouth. er er er
Now you need to move the tip of your tongue to the back of the top front teeth and the air is going to shift from coming out of your mouth for the er to out of your nose for the er.
er n earn
earn earn earn earn earn earn earn
You need to earn more money in order to afford to buy the expensive urn.
Give it a try I hope people notice the difference!
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