vocabulary builder

Playing with… homophones

There’s a question I have never asked you (yet)… have you ever played any of the word games suggested in my previous posts? 😉

As far as online word games are concerned, I think they’re a terrific way to improve your vocabulary while entertaining you at the same time. And I must admit I have a lot of fun myself when I select them for you! 🙂

Surely all of you remember what homophones are… words that are pronounced in the same way but which are spelled differently and which have totally different meanings… think for example of the words blue/blew, band/banned, see/sea, mind/mined, links/lynx, hair/hare… just to give a few examples… and the list could go on and on 😉

As always with learning vocabulary, the best way to learn new words is to practise them… so why not playing some of the following online games? You could also leave a comment telling us about your scores (some games may be easy at first, just to encourage you to go on!), or which of the games you liked most!

Come on then.. let’s play homophones! Hope you have fun.

Mr Anker Test http://alexandria-es10.lausd.k12.ca.us/Staff_Pages/Henry_Anker/Mr_Anker_Tests_New/Language/Homophones/Homophones_Set_01a.swf

Speed Word http://www.manythings.org/wbg/homonyms_2-sw.html

Homophone Synonym match http://www.vocabulary.co.il/homophones/high-school/homophone-synonym-match/

Word Frog http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/games/frog/frog.html

(with Word Frog you can also play with synonyms and antonyms!)

For those among you who want to practise homophones “more seriously”… you can try yourself at the Self-Study Homonym Quizzes web page at  http://a4esl.org/q/h/homonyms.html

(Actually, homonyms are words that have the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings… however they are sometimes used to refer to words that are either homographs (words that share the same spelling) or homophones…)


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