How to Pronounce HOARSE & HORSE – American English Pronunciation


hi everyone this is jennifer from Tarle speech and language thanks for joining us for the question of the week today’s question is: Is there a difference between the pronunciation of the words H 0 R S E and hoarse H O A R S E. Since you are listening to this you know that the answer is no there is no difference between the pronunciation of these two words the only thing that is different is the meaning and the spelling so the pronunciation is the same each of these words has three sounds H OR and S horse horse horse let’s try it in a sentence My voice is hoarse from cheering my horse to victory give it a try i know people will notice the difference. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments section below maybe we’ll feature you next week and if you haven’t subscribed please do so. The link is also below. You don’t want to miss out on any new content that we have to help you improve your pronunciation for free thanks so much for watching


19 Responses

  1. Tarle Speech & Language Services - English Pronunciation

    October 20, 2016 2:38 am

    Let me know what you think of my new videos. I am working on sound. Hoping my new microphone makes a difference in my upcoming videos.

  2. Itoldyouso - English Listening Practice Channel

    October 20, 2016 2:54 am

    Your video lessons are always great, and I'm glad you're back in the game putting up videos every week. It's going to be very helpful to all of us! Thanks for sharing, and keep it up! (Your mic sounds perfect to me!)

  3. Nacho

    October 20, 2016 9:24 pm

    So, there is no difference at all? Hmmm, this is going to be very tough… 😉 The pronunciation of the word is now quite clear. Thank you, Jennifer! By the way, the microphone is very nice.

  4. The K’s channel

    November 30, 2017 2:43 pm

    I am a grandma helping my granddaughter who is American with her school homework. She is 7 and although She was born here in USA her family is from Cuba so the first language She learnt is Spanish.Now She is studying the word HOARSE from a story and I did not know the meaning, when I went to Google translator to find out and pushed the speaker to listen to the pronunciation It seemed to me that it sounded like HORSE, so I herd it once and again but not sure I Came to this wonderful video of yours. I help my granddaughter and at the same time I practice my English😂 Thanks U and Greetings from Miami.

  5. DaKineBradA

    July 23, 2018 7:36 pm

    Hello I'm having a difficult time pronouncing "Horse". It sounds like I'm saying Hoose. Can you spell it out to where I'm able to pronounce it better. I have a presentation to give and want to make sure I pronounce it correctly.

  6. Neel L. Lumi

    July 27, 2018 10:26 am

    Stop misleading people. Those words do differ in pronunciation: hoarse has a more closed vowel than horse (/hɔɹs/ vs. /hoɹs/), except for most dialects there is a merger. Irish people and many black people clearly make the distinction, for one.

  7. Aaron Myers

    March 9, 2019 9:45 am

    I wouldn't go out and say that they're exclusively the same. In most dialects, yes, they are pronounced the same, but some dialects pronounce "hoarse" with a long "O" before the R – the same vowel in "boat" /hoʊɹs/

  8. Rama Reddy

    November 20, 2019 1:15 pm

    Maybe a good opportunity to draw a distinction: In many places on the East Coast and the South, the "Horse-Hoarse" merger has not occurred.


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