Did you know that there are special words called “homophones”? It has nothing to do with phones, if that’s what you thought. Homophones (омонимы) are words which have absolutely the same pronunciation but different meanings. For example, if you write that you’re so board, people will misunderstand you, because you’re not a board made of wood from a tree, you’re bored, you’re not interested.
Can you find another example in the picture? I’ll give you a hint – it also has something to do with trees…
There are also words which have almost the same pronunciation, but still sound a bit different. For example, if you say “I want buy this” – it’s incorrect, because you meant “I won’t buy this”. One sound can make a great difference.
So as not to make fools of ourselves and do everything right, let’s find out a little more about…
Isle, I’ll and aisle
Произносятся они все одинаково: [aɪl]
Что такое isle? It’s short for island. It’s a small island, который выглядит, например, так:
Что же такое “aisle”? Это проход между двумя рядами сидений, например в самолете, театре или даже в церкви.
If you decide to buy a plane ticket, you could ask for an aisle seat.
It’s the seat closest to the aisle in the plane.
The guys in this photo are sitting in the aisle seats.
А еще невесты идут “down the aisle”, их ведут отцы к алтарю. Выглядит это примерно вот так:
Ну а I’ll - это short for “I will”, что значит “я буду”.
Ответы на вопросы в комментарии:
1. What would you do if you got stuck on a desert isle for a week?
2. Which is better for you – an aisle seat or a window seat?
3. What did you promise yourself as a New Year’s resolution?
GOOD LUCK! =) See you next week!