Are you looking for a list of homophones in Spanish? This is the one you need!
Homophones are words that are pronounced like other words, but have a different spelling or meaning.
For example, bello (beautiful) sounds the same as vello (fuzz, hair).
There are many lists on the internet with words that sound the same in Spanish.
However, most of those words aren’t really used by native Spanish speakers in their everyday lives.
So stick to this one if you really want to be understood!
Words that sound the same in Spanish (but not in Spain!)
Since I’m from Argentina, some of the following homophones in Spanish are such only in Latin America, but not in Spain.
This happens because in Latin America we speak with seseo, that is, we pronounce the c (before an e and an i) and the z as an s.
That’s why in Latin America these words sound the same in Spanish.
However, for most native speakers from Spain and their characteristic ceceo (the pronunciation of the c as th in English), the difference is clear.
Having said that, let’s go!
List of homophones in Spanish
a = a (letter); to (preposition)
ah = ah (exclamation)
ha = present perfect of haber (there is, there are) for the third person singular
abrazar = to hug, to embrace
abrasar = to burn
abría = imperfect of abrir (to open) for the first and third person singular
habría = conditional of haber
ahí = there
ay = oh, ouch (exclamation)
hay = there is, there are
aprender = to learn
aprehender = apprehend
as = ace
haz = imperative of hacer (to do, to make)
asar = to roast, to grill
azar = fate, chance
Asia = Asia
hacia = towards
hacía = imperfect of hacer for the first and third person singular
basto = club (Spanish card deck)
vasto = vast, huge
bacilo = bacillus
vacilo = present of vacilar (to dither) for the first person singular
bah = huh, bah (exclamation)
va = present of ir (to go) for the third person singular
barón = baron, magnate
varón = boy (son)
basar = to base on
bazar = dollar store, pound shop
baya = berry
valla = fence, hurdle
vaya = present subjunctive of ir for the first and third person singular
bazo = spleen
vaso = glass
bello = beautiful
vello = fuzz, hair
bienes = assets, goods
vienes = present of venir (to come) for the second person singular
botar = to fire, to sack, to throw out
votar = to vote
casa = house
caza = hunting, present of cazar (to hunt) for the third person singular
cede = present of ceder (to give up, to transfer) for the third person singular
sede = headquarters
cien = one hundred
sien = temple (head)
cierra = present of cerrar (to close) for the third person singular
sierra = saw, mountains
ciervo = deer
siervo = servant
cocer = to boil, to cook
coser = to sew
concejo = council
consejo = advice
grabar = to record, to film
gravar = to levy, to tax
halla = present of hallar (to find) for the third person singular
haya = present subjunctive of haber for first and third person singular
hierba = herb, grass
hierva = present subjunctive of hervir (to boil) for the first and third person singular
hola = hello
ola = wave
hecho = incident, fact, done
echo = present of echar (to throw, to fire, to give off) for the first person singular
hiena = hyena
llena = present of llenar (to fill) for the third person singular; full (feminine form)
rallar = to grate
rayar = to scratch
rebelar = to rebel, to rebolt
revelar = to reveal, to disclose
sumo = supreme
zumo = juice
tubo = tube, pipe
tuvo = preterite of tener (to have) for the third person singular
tasa = fee, rate
taza = cup, mug
And that’s all for today!
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