Learn to pronounce the words wind and wind with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.


Wind is the natural movement of air.

Wind means to twist or wrap.


These words are spelled the same but pronounced differently: /wɪnd/ or /waɪnd/

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Heteronyms: Words that are spelled the same but have different pronunciation and meanings


 Hi everyone! Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your pronunciation question.

We have two words today. This is kind of confusing. They’re spelled exactly the same way. But they have different meanings and different pronunciations. 

So we have:

wind which is the natural movement of air and 

wind to twist or to wrap 

So let’s take a look.  So if you watch my videos I did have a video on these spelling exceptions, um, that typically when we have a closed syllable, we are going to pronounce the vowel as a short vowel as in wind. So we’re going to have that short vowel typically. That’s normal that we see.  However, with ind the exception is we are going to use a long i and say wind. 

So again english english english – making things confusing!  We actually have an exception to the exception rule here so let’s just talk about the sounds.  Okay so let’s start with that w sound www.  To do this you’re just going to pucker your lips. 

Then let’s fix the endings too and just get that part over with, so let’s do the end.  You’re going to touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth with that N.  Air is going to move out of your nose and then for the d, d, you’re going to pull your tongue down. Air is going to puff out of your mouth. Your voice box is on and moving.  Now for the short i sound. Think about having a relaxed mouth and the tip of your tongue is going to be just behind your top front teeth and your tongue is going to be relaxed. 

If you tend to say e for this sound, think about relaxing everything. Relax your lips, relax your tongue, just let everything sort of relax.  You’re going to even have a little slight dip in the middle of your tongue and you’re just going to say ih. 

wind wind wind 

Now to say wind, we have that long I sound.  And to do this you are going to open your mouth really wide, tip of the tongue is low, back of the tongue is pulled high up.  Then you’re going to move to a smile.  As you move to the smile your tongue will end high and flat in the mouth i i.

Wine d  wind wind 

So we have wind wind wind and wind wind wind wind wind wind wind 

And now for a sentence:

The wind made it difficult to wind the Christmas lights. 

The wind made it difficult to wind the Christmas lights. 

Please give it a try. I know people are going to notice the difference!

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