As a lot of you learners will know, we have many words in English that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. These words can cause a lot of confusion not just to language learners but native speakers, too.

In this entertaining infographic by Kaplan, there are ten homophones with an animal theme to them.

Kaplan International Colleges


Grizzly – a large North American brown bear.

Grisly – something that causes horror or disgust.

Guerrilla – a member of a small independent group, which typically fights against larger forces.

Gorilla – a great ape found in the forests of central Africa. It is the largest living primate.

Soul – a style of popular music, combining elements of gospel and rhythm and blues.

Sole – a European flatfish.

Flee – to run away.

Flea – a small wingless jumping insect.

Dear – used as an affectionate or friendly form of address.

Deer – a hoofed animal with bony antlers.

What other homophones do you know?

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