Lesson: Gym vs Jim
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Hi, I’m Joel and I teach conversational English on Skype.
Today, I want to talk to you about two words that sound the same. They’re pronounced exactly the same, but they are spelled differently. And of course, they have different meanings.
The first word is “Jim” – J-I-M. This is a name. It’s a man’s name, and it’s short for the name, “James.” And also if someone’s name is Jim, he may be called Jimmy as well.
And the next word is “gym,” but it’s G-Y-M. And “gym,” G-Y-M is short for gymnasium. A gymnasium is, you know, a place that you go to exercise.
So, you’re going to know by context what kind of Jim/Gym they’re talking about. So, if I say, “I’m going to go to the gym. You want to come?” Obviously I’m talking about a gymnasium, G-Y-M. If I say, “I called Jim yesterday, but he didn’t answer the phone.” Obviously, it’s talking about the person Jim, J-I-M.
A couple more examples: “Yesterday I went to a concert with Jim.” “I hope that Jim comes to the party.” Or, “There’s a new gym on 5th street. We should check it out.” “How often do you go to the gym?” “Is there a good gym in this area?”
Well, I hope this was useful
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