How to identify or differentiate the words with same pronunciation.

As saying with example,

  1. speak with mic.
  2. speak with mike.

So my question is when you hear these two words, How you can identify that they mean the mic(sound system) or mike(person).

  • You wouldn't speak "with" Mike (the person). Rather you would speak "to" Mike.
    – itsols
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 11:08
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    @itsols speaking with someone (about something) is quite normal. Commented May 2, 2014 at 11:11
  • You would speak with a mic.
    – Oldcat
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 23:56

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You identify the correct meaning from context. Homophones exist in all natural languages, not just English. In your mother tongue, too. If you have enough context, you can tell which meaning is intended. If you don't have enough context, it's ambiguous.

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