10 Commonly Mispronounced English Words

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English pronunciation can be tricky, even for intermediate learners. Here are ten commonly mispronounced words along with tips on how to say them correctly.

1. Colonel

This word sounds like "kernel." The "l" is silent.

2. February

The first "r" is silent in casual speech. Pronounce it like "Feb-yoo-air-ee."

3. Mischievous

Only three syllables, not four. Say "MIS-chuh-vuhs."

4. Comfortable

It's "COMF-tuh-bull," with just three syllables.

5. Vegetable

Pronounce it as "VEJ-tuh-bull," dropping the "i."

6. Pronunciation

Remember, it's "pro-NUN-ciation," not "pro-NOUN-ciation."

7. Espresso

There's no "x." It’s "es-PRESS-oh."

8. Anemone

Think "uh-NEM-uh-nee."

9. Jewelry

It’s "JEW-ul-ree," not "JEW-el-ree."

10. Library

Pronounce both "r" sounds: "LIE-brar-ee."

Tips for Improving Pronunciation

  1. Listen and Repeat: Listen to native speakers and mimic their pronunciation.
  2. Practice with Tongue Twisters: They can improve your enunciation and fluency.
  3. Record Yourself: Compare your pronunciation with native speakers.
  4. Learn Phonetic Symbols: Understanding the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) can clarify pronunciation.

Improving your pronunciation takes practice, but with these tips and a bit of persistence, you'll be speaking more clearly in no time. Happy learning!

May, 2024

Posted by Oxford Language Club

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