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Top 5 Spanish Homophones

by Cynthia Lopez

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM.

Spanish homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently. In Spanish sometimes the only difference between these words is a little accent. In today's blog post learn how to correctly spell the top 5 Spanish homophones.

In the English language there lots of words that have the same sound, but are spelled completely different. Words like wood and would, sound similar, but are spelled rather different (would even has a silent l, that’s confusing). Thankfully, in Spanish there are aren't many words that are spelled as differently as wood and would, usually the difference is just an extra constant, an s or c, or just an accent mark. Getting the spelling of a word right is essential if you hope to be fluent someday!

1. The sound for a (first letter of the alphabet) is one even I have to think about twice when writing down it on paper. Sometimes I forget if I should write a, which means to, or if I should write ha, which is the conjugated form of haber for the pronouns he, she, and it. For those of you who don’t know the meaning of haber, it means to have.

2. If you truly want to sounds more like a native Spanish speaker, then you will have to write like one! The phonetic spelling of the letter d in Spanish is de. But de also has another meaning. It’s most commonly used as of or from in Spanish. However, don’t be fooled  is also the conjugated form of dar, which means to give. There’s only a very minor difference in the spelling of de and , and that’s the accent mark on the . So don’t forget the accent mark or you’ll spell out something fairly different.

3.  El and él aren’t hard words to remember in Spanish. Distinguishing which one is which, when spoken isn’t a hard. El is always before a noun and él isn’t. El means the in Spanish. In Spanish there are many forms of the, this one is the masculine form of the.  Él means he, him, and it, so remembering to add an accent mark to this word is essential!

4.  In Spanish there are a few different meanings for word number four on this list. Hora is form of spelling this word that you’ll see; hora means hour. Then you’ll probably learn the word ora, which doesn't have an h, it means now. Another ora in Spanish is the conjugated form of orar, which means to pray. Here's a simple trick I use to remember the different spellings of hora/ora. The word is always spelled without an h, except for hora, because hora means hour, and hour has an h.

5. People throughout Latin American and Spanish pronounce the Spanish v and b differently, but for the most part you’ll hear that both letters sound the same in Spanish. Even though spelling words in Spanish is relatively easy in comparison to English, since Spanish is phonetic, words that have the letter b or v can be a little tricky. Here’s one example of a word with these letters, tuvo uses the letter v and it’s a conjugated form of tener, which means to have. The second variation of this word is tubo, and it means pipe.

The single best way to master the correct spelling of these words is to memorized them. So start memorizing! Thanks for reading! Please leave comments or questions. Hasta luego!

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