In English, we have plenty of homonym+graphs, for example, ‘tie’, ‘lap’, ‘lie’, ”fair’ etc.
Here’s today’s Spanish trickster: ‘sobre’.
Sobre means both ‘on’ and – wait for it – ‘envelope’ or ‘packet’.
This photo (left) shows part of a recipe on the back of a sobre of chocolate chips. So for this recipe, you need packets of baking powder (which in Spain, for no obvious reason, comes rationed in little sobres) and chocolate chips.
When I asked for un cafe descafeinado, the camarera asked me:
¿Sobre o la máquina?
She was asking if I wanted a ‘packet’ or ‘machine’ coffee.
So this photo below shows: Dos sobres sobre la mesa. El sobre pequeño esta sobre el sobre grande.