אם, EEM, spelled with the aleph, means “if”.
Thus, if you ride an alephant, go with your eyes open!”
עם with your eyes (ayin) open, and אם if you ride an alephant (aleph).
Here's one more:
קול, Qohl, voice, sound. To remember:
- qohl sounds like coal, and having coal in your throat makes your voice sound raspy. Like those coal miners and the black lung disease, you know?
- Spelling: qof ק, looks like an English “p”, but is transliterated as “q”, so you have to “mind your 'p's and q's” with this one! And one should always mind their p's and q's when they use their voice (like indoor voices) or make a sound (like a burp).
- Homophone: כל, kohl, all, every, whole. This can be spelled with a cholem or a qamets chatuph (the short 'o' type vowel that looks like a qamets). It sounds just like our new word, קול. The first sound is kaph, which sounds like “cuff”, so remember our word association of handcuffs? Think: “ALL or EVERY criminal should be handcuffed.”