What are Homophones? speaker icon

In your own language you know many words that sound the same but do not mean the same. They are homophones (= "same sound"). In English, too, there are many homophones, and it's important to try to learn and understand them. We use homophones all the time, even in everyday speech. They are also a common source of humour in jokes, and frequently occur in riddles.

These pages explain homophones and give examples with audio, and also list many homophones by level and by type.

Homophones Song speaker icon

Common Homophones List

Homophone Lists by level

Homophones List - Elementary

Homophones List - PreIntermediate

Homophones List - Intermediate

Homophones List - UpperIntermediate

Homophones List - Advanced

Homophone Lists by type

Alphabet Homophones

Contraction Homophones

Magic E Homophones

Homophones by Vowel Sound

Homophones - Past Simple/Participle

Homophones - Plurals and Third Person S