Are ‘muscle’ & ‘mussel’ different or the same?

Are ‘muscle’ and ‘mussel’ pronounced differently or the same?

The same! They are pronounced exactly the same way.

Homophones are words that look different but are pronounced the same way.  ‘Muscle’ and ‘mussel’ are homophones.

English has many, many homophones and these are often difficult for ESL speakers – because words can look quite different to how they are pronounced in English.

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So you already know that ‘not’ and ‘knot’ and ‘whole’ and ‘hole’ are homophones.

What about some other lesser known homophones. See 10 homophones below that ESL speakers often don’t know are homophones.

  • muscles = mussels  /ˈmʌ.səlz/
  • career = Korea        /kəˈrɪər/
  • one = won               /wʌn/
  • chews = choose      /tʃuːz/
  • paw = poor = pour   /pɔː/
  • bored = board         /bɔːd/
  • sauce = source      /sɔːs/
  • genes = jeans        /dʒiːnz/
  • flower = flour          /ˈflaʊ.wə/
  • waist = waste        /weɪst/



So, now you know that muscles = mussels are pronounced the same way – in the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet it is –  /ˈmʌ.səlz/.

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Are ‘muscle’ & ‘mussel’ different or the same?


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