February 3, 2020 100

Learn English vocabulary with the alphabet: I is for “eye”, T is for “tea”…

Learn English vocabulary with the alphabet: I is for “eye”, T is for “tea”…

A,B,C, one, two, three, I’m here to teach
you something that I think is really fun, really cool: homophones. Now, maybe you have
seen my other lessons on homophones. If you haven’t, please go take a look. For me, homophones
are very exciting because they do one really cool thing: homophones have the same sound,
so for example, “homo” means same, and “phone” or “phoneme” means sound. So, it is one word
or one letter, but it will have another word that has different spelling and a different
meaning. So, it’s like you’re learning two pronunciation words – one pronunciation word
– but you get two words for vocabulary. It’s like a bonus sale – buy one word, get one
free! Oh yeah, buyer beware! As you can see, I’ve written some letters
of the alphabet, A, B, C, D, okay? So, A, the first letter of the alphabet, has the
exact same pronunciation, because they’re homophones, as the expression “eh”. Now, “eh”
can mean a question, like “Eh?”. It can also be an expression to check if the person is
listening to you, or, like, a tag question. In Canada, we’re famous for saying “eh” at
the end of every sentence. So, I could say, “It’s cold, eh?”. “Good day, eh?” So, it can
be used as a question or it can be used just as an interjection. The next one, the letter B, we have bzzz,
the insect that makes honey, so B, bee, and be. You guys know the verb “to be”? Oh, it
has the exact same letter pronunciation as the letter B, so you might see some very strange
text messages coming to you. I’m going to explain that later, but these will really
help you if you get texts, strange texts from your friends. C, we have the ability to look (see) and we
also have the beautiful ocean called the letter C (sea). G, is an expression like “Gee!”. It can mean
something that you’re happy – Gee wiz! Or Gee! It’s an expression of happiness. I – oh, I, eye, so this can really, really
be funny. We can play with homophones and we can make games of them where an I is an
eye. O – the letter O, it can be an expression
like “Oh!” and look at this one. Maybe you think “What, that’s not a homophone.”. We
have “Owe”. Oh-ee! It’s not actually Oh-ee, the pronunciation of this word is “O”, and
it means you need to pay someone money. So, you can see sometimes, I.O.U. “I owe you”
means you means you need to give someone money or they need to give you money. We have the letter P, we have the green vegetable,
a very small little guy is a pea, maybe they’re brown, and we also have the urine or the liquid
that comes out of us, it’s called pee as well. “I have to go pee!” Oh. This is more of a British word, but we sometime
use it in Canada and America, but it’s predominantly British. Q – Queue, this means a line, so
in North America we say, “I had to stand in line.” In British English, they say “I had
to stand in the queue.”, it’s like the letter. R – Arr! This is what I was telling you about
before with the text messages. So, maybe you get a text message that says, “R U here”,
and you think “What does that mean?” Well, R is actually the verb “to be” (are) and U
actually means yourself (you). We have the letter T (tea), a delicious hot
beverage, and we also have tee. Do you play golf? A tee is, basically, a little wooden
peg that you would put your golf ball on. You’re not drinking it, don’t drink it, you
might die. As I told you before, you have U (you). So,
this is a very, very common thing we do in text messages. We’re lazy to write “YOU”,
so we just put a big U and it has the exact same pronunciation. Y (why)? Cool. Y U? Why you? Why asks the
question “why?”. So now, you can just substitute the letter Y for the question. Unfortunately, we don’t have homophone or
a cool letter for what, or who, or when, sorry about that. Not all of the letters in English
have a homophone, but the ones that do are really fun and you can play a lot of games
with them. Do you know any crazy homophones? I will see you later, watch this: C U – this
8 can sound like “ate”. C U L8R. I’m Ronnie, A, B, C, one, two, three.

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