"knew" and "new" sound the same

 
 'New' and "knew" are homophones and are pronounced the same.
 

The words 'new' and 'knew' are homophones and are pronounced the same. Even though they sound like each other, however, they are pronounced differently in American English and British English. In British English, the /n/ is followed by a 'y sound' (transcribed as /j/ on Cambridge Dictionary Online. 

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