Dealing with Homophones: Words That Sound Alike But Have Different Spellings and Meanings [TeamBynes]

With general transcription, you may encounter words that can have different spellings and meanings, yet they sound alike.

Words that sound alike but have different spellings and different meanings are called homophones. One must carefully consider homophones when transcribing. Not doing so and not being familiar with the English language can ruin the outcome of your transcription project. 

There, They’re and Their

Notice that these three words sound exactly alike. If you’re listening to a recording, it would be fair to say that if you are not familiar with the English language, it would be easy to transcribe the wrong word. How would someone get over this hurdle? This error would have to be brought to the transcribers attention either by a proofreader or the client and going over the discrepancy. Essentially, this is how you learn, right?

Examples of Homophones

air, heir aisle, isle
ante-, anti- bare, bear, bear
be, bee brake, break
buy, by cell, sell
cent, scent cereal, serial
coarse, course complement, compliment
dam, damn dear, deer
die, dye eye, I
fair, fare fir, fur
flour, flower hair, hare
heal, heel hear, here
him, hymn hole, whole
hour, our idle, idol
in, inn knight, night
knot, not know, no
made, maid mail, male
meat, meet morning, mourning
none, nun oar, or
one, won pair, pear
peace piece plain, plane
poor, pour pray, prey
principal, principle profit, prophet
real, reel right, write
root, route sail, sale
sea, see seam, seem
sew, so, sow sight, site
shore, sure sole, soul
some sum son, sun
stair, stare stationary, stationery
steal, steel suite, sweet
tail, tale their, there
to, too, two toe, tow
waist, waste wait, weight
way, weigh weak, week
wear, where  


This are just a few of the many homophones that are commonly misused. Be sure to improve your English vocabulary to decrease the chances of errors.

Do you know any homophones that we did not mention above? Put them in the comments below!

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