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MySQL | SOUNDS LIKE

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schedule Jul 1, 2022
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MySQL's SOUNDS LIKE operator returns 1 if two string expressions sound alike or 0 if they do not.

Syntax

-- This is equivalent to SOUNDEX(expr1) = SOUNDEX(expr2)
SELECT expr1 SOUNDS LIKE expr2;

Examples

Basic usage

To check whether 'sea' sounds like 'see':

SELECT 'sea' SOUNDS LIKE 'see';
+-------------------------+
| 'sea' SOUNDS LIKE 'see' |
+-------------------------+
| 1 |
+-------------------------+

We can verify the above with the below:

SELECT SOUNDEX('sea') = SOUNDEX('see');
+---------------------------------+
| SOUNDEX('sea') = SOUNDEX('see') |
+---------------------------------+
| 1 |
+---------------------------------+

To check whether 'listen' sounds like 'listener':

SELECT 'listen' SOUNDS LIKE 'listener';
+---------------------------------+
| 'listen' SOUNDS LIKE 'listener' |
+---------------------------------+
| 0 |
+---------------------------------+

The return value of 0 indicates that the two strings do not sound alike.

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