If you’ve been working on English vocabulary for a while, why not take a break and test your knowledge? You can test your vocabulary skills with a quick and fun new English spelling test and homophone quiz!
English Homophone Quiz: Written Version
Our English instructor Lisa-Joy has prepared a short, self-scored video quiz to help English learners target homophones, which we know can be a challenge for beginners.
How did you do? If any of the words in the quiz were unfamiliar to you, you can add them as new flashcards in your MosaLingua Premium app! Then you can be sure you’ll keep seeing them until they’re memorized. Now, learn more about what homophones are…
Definition & Examples of English Homophones
What is a homophone, anyways?
Even if you’re not sure what this word means, I’m sure you’ve come across homophones in your English studies. Homophones are words that sound the same when spoken, but are spelled differently and have different meanings.
A couple of very common examples are the words “hi”/”high” or “no”/”know.”
Types of homophones
This English homophone test will only cover these, but there are a few other types of homophones out there that you should know about. Here are a few examples of English homophones that have slightly different definitions:
By now you might be thinking: “Wait, can homophones be spelled the same?” Yes – sometimes! Homographs are words that are spelled the exact same way but have different meanings. In some cases, they’re pronounced the same, but not always. For example,
- “book,” as in “I read a wonderful book last week,” and “book,” as in “I need to book my flight for vacation,”
- “live” as in “I saw my favorite singer live in concert” and “live” as in “I want to live to be a hundred years old.”
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Heterographs are words that are spelled differently and have different meanings but are still pronounced the same way.
- “to,” “two,” and “too” are examples of heterographs.
In contrast, heteronyms are words that are spelled the same, but pronounced differently and have different meanings. In other words, a homograph that’s not a homophone. An example is
- “lead,” as in “She will lead her team to the championship,” and “lead,” as in “lead paint is very dangerous for small children.”
There is some overlap between rules for each of these categories, and we’ll be honest with you—homophones can be confusing and frustrating for English learners. Here at MosaLingua, we believe that the best way to learn homophones (and other new words and concepts) is by seeing and using them in context. We also know that learning should be fun, so we hope you enjoyed this homophone quiz (and learned something, too)!
Watch: English Homophone Quiz [VIDEO]
Even if you’ve completed the written version of this English spelling quiz, we strongly recommend watching Lisa-Joy’s video, as well! Not only will she give you the correct answers, but you’ll also be able to hear her pronounce all of these words. Listen closely to the pronunciation of each of the homophones! The video is in English, but there are subtitles in six languages: English, French, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. Watch it right here or on our YouTube channel.
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