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What is one to say about June? The time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

Gertrude Jekyll
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
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makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
edited February 2016 in Words Words Words
Never mind they are similar in pronunciation or spelling, just write them down. But not similar in meanings (not synonimus).


  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    Lynne worned us about pronunciation of words alley and ally. I always confuse this two words.
    Alley - /ˈæl.i/ - a ​narrow ​road or ​path between ​buildings
    Ally - /ˈæl.aɪ/ - a ​country that has ​agreed ​officially to give ​help and ​support to another one, ​especially during a ​war:

    I think that was one more similar word, but I can't remeber. As I can remerber on session were @Rema , @Bubbly , @april ..... and teacher was @Lynne .
  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    dove - /dʌv/ - a ​white or ​grey ​bird, often used as a ​symbol of ​peace
    dough -/dəʊ/ - flour ​mixed with ​water and often ​yeast, ​fat, or ​sugar, so that it is ​ready for ​baking:

    @Rema did you learne this?
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,007 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @maki I was the one who did mistake by mispronouncing "alley". :) :)
  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    Thank you @Bubbly on your mistake couse I finally learned to pronunce this two words in right way after Lynne's corrections.
  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    Yes it was allay. Thank you.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,007 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @maki don't worry. I will make mistakes so that you can remember them. ;)
  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    edited February 2016
    @Bubbly People say we should learn on other's mistakes. But I remeber things better when I make mistake unfortenately. :smiley:
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @maki I suppose that I have learned :/
    But that was funny and interesting situation, when I said that dough is synonym to pigeon @Lynne was laughing loud :D
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Allay- diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry) sounds to me similar with L.A.(acronym which stands for Los Angeles) :D
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    leap/liːp/- to make a ​large ​jump or ​sudden ​movement, usually from one ​place to another
    lip/lɪp/-one of the two ​soft, ​red ​edges of the ​mouth
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This is little out of discussion, but what you think about this pronunciation:
    colonel/ˈkəːn(ə)l/- a rank of officer in the army and in the US air force, above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier or brigadier general.
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    sick/sɪk/adjective- affected by physical or mental illness.
    seek/siːk/verb- attempt to find (something).
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    weak/wiːk/adjective- lacking the power to perform physically demanding tasks; having little physical strength or energy.
    week/wiːk/noun- a period of seven days.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,007 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Plum: is an adjective meaning desirable, and it also denotes the sweet, purplish fruit. The adjectival meaning originated as a figurative extension of the fruit.

    Plumb: is a verb meaning (1) to determine the depth of, to probe, or (2) to work as a plumber; an adjective/adverb meaning (3) exactly vertical, (4) utterly, or (5) squarely; and a noun referring to (6) a weight on the end of a line, used to determine water depth.
  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    @rema Did you think that pronunciation of colonel is similar to canal /kəˈnæl/ - a ​long, ​thin ​stretch of ​water that is ​artificially made either for ​boats to ​travel along or for taking ​water from one ​area to another.
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @maki Frankly speaking, I think that they have different pronunciation, but maybe I got wrong conclusion :/
    Put them together and we will see what other participants think about that ;)
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Bubbly As @maki knows we have šljivovica(one sort of rakia- alcoholic drink) produced from plums.
    Rakia connecting and correcting people :D
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,707 mod
    Wind and wind (air that blows and turn the watch winder) sound different but look the same. But reed and read sound exactly the same, but are spelt differently.
  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    @Rema Yes they have different pronunciation. I was thinking to mention rakija (shnapps, brandy) when I saw plum in @Bubbly post. Traditional alcholic drink in balkans. @Rema Whose rakija is better and stronger, Croatian or Serbian? :)

    But moonshine (generic term for distilled alcoholic beverages made from indigenous ingredients mostly come from home-made production which is often illegal or tightly regulated in many countries.) exsists around globe.

    @Glorian do you produce samogon or pervach. :)

    @Zom exept burning woods, do you produce illegaly Eau de vie, gnôle, goutte, lambic, fine or poire (Pear), prune (Plum), mirabelle (Mirabelle). :)

    I suppose that @Lynne smuggles Schwarzgebrannter or abfindungsbrennerei from Germany to England from time to time. :)

    It's interesting that for us in Balkans first association on word plum is rakija.
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,052 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2016
    @maki I'm not sure, but that can be good competition :D
  • ZomZom Posts: 2,500 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @maki, France is great to produce all sorts of eaux de vie. I love Calvados and Cognac.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,007 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2016
    1. Desert means abandon: He deserted his wife and daughter and went back to England.

    2. Dessert is the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal: A dessert of chocolate mousse.

    This sounds differently but I have added it because dessert is usually mixed up with desert sometimes.
    3. Desert also mean area of land: The Indus Valley Desert is located in the northern area of Pakistan.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 25,707 mod
    Deserts often get confused with desserts @Bubbli. It's a very common error made by British kids.
  • hazel27hazel27 Posts: 570 ✭✭✭
    It is a matter of emphasis, isn't it?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,186 mod
    edited March 2016
    hazel27 said:

    It is a matter of emphasis, isn't it?

    It's a mixture of pronunciation and stress.
  • hazel27hazel27 Posts: 570 ✭✭✭
    @maki Some people have a problem with which is right and left side. It helps when they cross oneself (you always do it your right hand) - it's a little mnemonics for Catholics ;))
    I like your way to remember how to spell desert and dessert!
  • makimaki Posts: 136 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2016
    Yes @hazel27 I am right-handed pearson. And it was the way I learnt which side is right. The side on which my hand I write with is positioned. Exelent example.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,007 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @maki there is no need of Mnemonics here because it is all about pronunciation. I don't see that it is difficult to remember as we don't have many meanings of this word 'desert.' :)
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