The Dreaded Homophones . . .

Homophones are tricky little words – they’ll trip up typically developing individuals and learning disabled ones alike, but individuals with Language Processing Disorder have a particularly difficult time processing and differentiating between homophones. 

Homophones are words that sound similar but mean different things; often, homophones are not spelled the same, but there are exceptions (“desert,” meaning a dry, arid region and “desert,” to abandon, for example).  Children encounter multiple homophones throughout their education – and into their adult years.  How frequently do you receive a note that reads, “I hope your doing well!” or an email from a colleague that says, “I believe this is relevant to you’re project”?  Knowing how and when to use correct homophones is vital to one’s conveyance of self; college advisors and employers make judgments based on the degree to which they feel the potential student or employee grasps language.  Brainjogging believes on educating students to a point where they function seamlessly in society.  Brainjogging’s desire is that Brainjogging students become self-sustaining, independent and successful individuals.  Understanding homophones, among myriad other nuances of the English language, is tremendously important in helping students function successfully.

Here is a list of some homophones that one might frequently encounter:

Air, heir
Angel, angle
Bare, bear
Break, brake
Cell, sell
Cent, scent
Coarse, course
Complement, compliment*
Dear, deer
Die, dye
Him, hymn
Hole, whole
Principal, principle*
Profit, prophet
Right, write
Their, there and they’re*
To, too and two*
Wear, where*
Your, you’re*

*A star indicates homophones with which I believe students have a particularly difficult time.

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