As social beings, all people communicate with each other by means of language. They are most comfortable with their mother tongue. However, the English language is a common language that is used by people all over the world. For this same reason, everyone, both young and old, tries to master the English language and also attain fluency.
With the range of vocabulary that the language has, the users of the language often find it difficult to choose the right words to express what they wish to convey. Homophones and homographs make this task even more complicated. Homophones are words that have similar pronunciations but different spellings. Homographs, on the other hand, are words that have the same spelling but different meanings and functions. Take a look at some homophones and homographs to clearly understand what they are.
Examples of homophones:
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Examples of homographs:
Now, how do you learn and remember this? Learning these would be interesting, and remembering them would require some effort from your side. Make sure you also look at how each of these pairs is used in different contexts.
In addition to these, there are other language devices that you can use to make your conversations witty and humorous. Alliteration, onomatopoeia, consonance, personification, apostrophe, pun, euphemism, hyperbole, similes and metaphors are some of them. While alliteration, consonance, personification and apostrophe are mostly used in creative writing, pun, euphemism, similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia are used both in everyday conversations and creative writing.
Let us look at a few examples of how these can be used in regular day-to-day conversations.
- Things are better perceived when there are some aspects you can relate to or compare to. This is what similes and metaphors are there for. Here is an example: She seems to be as busy as a bee; nobody even gets to see her.
- Some things are better left unsaid, but there are things you will have to convey. It might be difficult to do so at times. It is in times like these that euphemism comes to the rescue. For example: We have been noticing a negative cash flow for a few months now.
- Instead of saying that the bees and birds were making some sounds, you could say the bees were buzzing, and the birds were chirping. This is how onomatopoeia can be made use of.
Five Tips to Help You Become a Good Communicator
- Make sure you learn all the specialities, rules and usages of all the components of the English language.
- Never refrain from voicing out your thoughts and ideas just because you are afraid you will make mistakes. The more mistakes you make, the more you will learn.
- See to it that you do not repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
- Make it a habit to learn new words every day and also make use of these words whenever and wherever appropriate.
- Read more and converse as much as possible in the English language.