Compilation of 10 Dual Meaning English Words (Homonyms) – Free Spoken English lessons (ESL)


Hi friends, welcome to yet another lesson
for Let’s Talk. So what are we gonna talk about today? Well, today I’m gonna share with
you some very simple and unique words in English. Why are they unique? They’re unique because
these words are the simplest words that one can come across and they have the same spelling
and the very same pronunciation. However, they are used differently meaning, they have
different meanings. Therefore these words are called homonyms. Homo meaning same and
nyms meaning name. Therefore these words are called homonyms. Now talking about names,
did I tell you what my name is? You’re wondering? Don’t wonder anymore. My name is Alisha
and I’m your new trainer on Let’s Talk. So without further ado, let me share with you
what homonyms are and I’m gonna start with an example. So for instance, let’s take a
word, book. What are the different meanings of this word? Yes, I know that book is something
that we read. It can be a storybook or a book from college. A book that you used to read
in school. Clearly, book is one of the easiest words and we know what it means. However,
friends, do you know, the word book is also used when you reserve something. Just as,
I booked the tickets for my favourite movie show. So here, the word book is used to express
something that you have reserved for yourself. Easy? Okay, let me share with you 10 additional
examples which are simple and after every word, I’m gonna put in into sentences with
both meanings of the word. Alright, so the first word that I have for
you is bank. B-a-n-k, now what is a bank used for? Well, a bank is a place where we all
keep our cash, our riches, our jewellery, important papers. Yes, you are right a bank
is an institution where we have savings account, checking accounts, etc. however, do you know
that the word, bank is also used to express trust? So let me make sentences for you and
share with you, the meaning of this word. So, we’ll use the word bank is two different
kind of sentences. The first one is, I have to go to the bank to make a withdrawal, which
means you need to go to the bank today to make a withdrawal and the other word, the
other meaning rather, is to trust. So you can bank on Let’s Talk to teach you English,
which means you can trust us to teach you English. Okay, so we have the next word which is can.
C-a-n, can, can is used to express capabilities. For example, I can sing or I can dance. I
can jump and hey you know what, I can cook too. So can is a very simple word and we use
to express it to tell others what we can do or what we cannot do. However, the other meaning
of can is a container. A container, how can that be? It is possible. Just as if you want
to say, this can of oil is very heavy or this can of water is very heavy. So can is also
used to express a container usually containing liquids, as simple as that. Are you done with
the two sentences, friends? Because I’m gonna move to the next word which is very simple,
l-i-e which means lie. Now lie, I know the first meaning that you understand of this
word, is to refrain from the truth which is when you don’t say the truth. The other word
can be to relax. So let me put this into sentences for you. So the first one, lie, don’t you
lie to me and the second sentence that I have for you is, to relax. I’m gonna lie down because
I’m very tired. Don’t you do that after a very, very long weekend? Sorry, a busy week. Okay, now the next word is bear. Yes, you’re
right the one meaning of the word is bear, the wild animal, bear, the wild animal and
what is the other meaning? The other meaning can be to endure which is to put up with.
So let me put this into sentences for you. Bear, the animal, I love to watch the bear
at the zoo. So say, I went to a zoo and I loved watching the bear because he was cuddly
although the wild and the other word can be, to endure which is to put up with. Let me
give you a real-life example, I can’t bear the heat anymore which means it’s difficult
for you to put up with the heat outside. Easy one? And very, very useful. The next one is,
light, l-i-g-h-t. Yes, it’s light, the brightness and the one meaning of the word is of course
light which is the brightness. The light that we have at home or in office or in college
and the other one is something which is extremely easy to carry. Say for example, can you please
switch the light on which means if it’s too dark, you would want someone to switch the
light on for you and if something is very easy to carry, something is not heavy. The
opposite of something which is heavy is light. My school bag is very light. Alright, so these
sentences will tell you and will help you understand the various uses of this word,
light. Let’s move on to the next set. The next
set is, like. Like is a word which again has two meanings. The first meaning can be, like
meaning, when you are very fond of something such as I like to eat pizzas. For example,
if you are very fond of pizzas then you’d say, I like to eat pizzas. Like also means
when you’re doing something similar to someone. For example, you dance like a movie star which
means someone is dancing like a movie star or you look like a movie star. If someone’s
very good looking, you may want to tell that person, you look like a movie star. So the
word, like again has two different meanings. Kind, yes, kind is a very simple word and
it basically means someone who is very, very compassionate. Who is very kind. Let’s put
it into sentences. Someone who is compassionate or understands others and kind also means
various types. So, I’m gonna make two simple sentences for you. So say, for example, if
I want to convey that my mother is very kind, I’d say my mother is very kind to me and the
second meaning of the word is to describe the different types of things available. So
I’d say, there are various kinds of sweets in the market. So these sentences will explain to you, the
various uses of the word, kind. Then, we come to a very simple word, fair. F-a-i-r, fair
can mean someone who is of a lighter complexion. She is very fair. So the lady or the girl
may be very fair and the other meaning of this word is someone who is just who knows
how to do the right thing. The judgment was very fair. Okay now this is another word which you can
see is spelt is lose and I have also mentioned here, the other version of this word. Why?
Because I see a lot of us making mistakes with this word and I’m very, very interested
to share this with you. Now the first one is l-o-s-e. Lose basically is pronounced as
lose. Lose meaning something that I have lost or I have misplaced and loose meaning something
which doesn’t fit you well. So let me put these into sentences. Lose, don’t lose your
wallet or don’t lose your pencil, don’t lose your patience. Loose, is related to fitting.
So if I say that this shirt is very loose for me, that’s what it means. I know a lot
of us make a mistake in this word whilst writing it because we add the extra o or we do not
add the extra o at the right and appropriate time. So take note of that and the last one
is bark. B-a-r-k, now we all know which animal barks. Barking is the sound that a dog makes.
So we know that dogs bark and the other meaning of the bark is, of the word bark is an outer
covering. For example, the spice cinnamon is basically an outer covering of a tree.
So you know that regret is another word that you have which has again two meanings. One
is the sound that dogs make and the other is the outer covering of a tree which we use
as a spice. So I hope you like the compilation of these very basic words in English. although
they are basic but they are unique because they have different meanings and do send in
your feedback and till next time, keep on practising and keep learning with Let’s Talk,
goodbye.

55 thoughts on “Compilation of 10 Dual Meaning English Words (Homonyms) – Free Spoken English lessons (ESL)

  1. Alisha man welcome to let's talk i'm here student my name is swapnil love your teaching skills

  2. niCE MAM
    GOOD GOING
    I WILL SUGGEST AT THE END U SHOULD REVISE all the topic once.

  3. Your aunderstood type of very difficult but you are no translation English word in hindi.
    बुरा मत मानना में इंग्लिश सिख रहा हूँ। और आपके समझाने का तरीका थोड़ा कठिन है।पर आपने इंग्लिश का हिंदी अनुवाद तो किया ही नहीं। पर मुझे आपकी भाषा(लैंग्वेज) समझ मे आयी।

  4. Alisha.! So we have learned that you can cook too …how very reassuring..lol
    you're a proper multitasker

  5. Alisha my dear!
    Good job Anne Robinson (The weakest link) is not watching this otherwise she would have told you off for wearing your sleeveless 👗.. LOL

  6. Good morning Mam/Sir
    I have a query , could you solve it.
    "Burke knocked out Byrne , thus becoming champion".
    What will it exact translation in hindi ?

  7. Hello! Alisha, our new teacher I have got new notice while you teaching every teacher at ENV smile during teaching and a lot of sense of humour.
    The good thing I learned new vocabularies thanks and I will keep watching your video. Lovely lesson thanks a lot

  8. Amazing session. Kindly make a video on word apparently & the statement how are you placed today. Thank you.

  9. hi dear teacher thank you too much for your teaching .
    I have a question , could you help me ?
    i don't know about one another , where should I use it ?

  10. Thank you for note, Lose/Loose. I don't know the difference between them…it's really very helpful.

  11. Of course you are a new teacher. its my first time to see you. Any way TNX for sharing the vision👍👍

  12. I was researching the word bank and I didn't find any meaning like TRUST. Why? The word "bank" acts like a verb, however, It has another meaning like put money in a bank or when you owe someone.

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    1 second ago
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