Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello, it's Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your heteronym pronunciation lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but they have different pronunciations and different meanings. Our words today are "lead" a metallic element and "lead" to guide. So these words start and end with the same sound so let's start there. To say the l sound,/l/, tip of the tongue is going to touch the back of your top front teeth. To be super specific it's the alveolar ridge which is the little piece of skin that just starts to touch the top of the teeth. My lips are pulled back in more of a smile shape. They are not rounded. It's not /u/. It's /l/. Going to end with a d, /d/. Tongue is gonna touch that alveolar ridge again, which is the spot where your teeth meet the skin, the roof of your mouth. As you do that, the tongue is gonna pop down a little bit, pull away from those teeth, and the air is going to puff out. Your voice box is on and moving for that d sound. For the noun for "lead," that is going to be the short e sound. My mouth is going to be a little more open and more relaxed for this vowel. You can see the tip of my tongue just peeking out between the top and the bottom teeth. For the long e in "lead," you smile. Your tongue gonna be nice and high and flat and tense. So we have lead, lead, lead. Lead, lead. Lead, lead, lead, lead. And now for a sentence: Lead me to the lead deposit. Please give it a try. I know people are going to notice the difference. If you found this helpful, we'd love it! If you told your friends about us, and gave us a like, leave us a sentence or a comment below. And if you need help we would love to help, you we have products and classes listed at Tarle Speech. Thanks so much everyone! Have an amazing weekend!