Practice English Speaking&Listening with: 50 Words You're Pronouncing WRONGLY Right Now! | Top 50 Mispronounced English Words, Common Mistakes

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Hello, and welcome back.

In this lesson, I will show you

fifty words that you are probably pronouncing

incorrectly right now.

And Ill also teach you how to say them


Lets start with this wordhow do you say it?

Well, we say /prə-’nauns/, /prə-’naunst/ and

/prə-’nauns-iŋ/, but /prə-nən- si-’eɪ-shən/.

Theres nonounin this word.


Word number two issays’.

This word is commonly mispronounced

by people learning English as /seɪs/.

But remember: I say, you say, but he or she /sez/.

Number three iset cetera’.

A very common incorrect

pronunciation is to sayek’ – ‘ek setrainstead ofet’.

Dont say that.

And also remember that the stress is on


So the word is /et-’se- tə-rə/.

You will also hear /et-’se-trə/ – that is less

common but its OK too.

Next up isoften’.

Some pronounce this as /’äf-tən/.

Now, strictly speaking, /’äf- tən/ is not wrong, but the more

common pronunciation is with thetsilent, so I recommend

that you always say /’ä-fən/.

One word that is often mispronounced by learners of

English iswomen’.

This is, of course, because of the English

languages crazy spelling system.

But remember that we say /’wu-mən/ for one woman and

/’wi-min/ for the plural – /’wi-min/.

Word number six ispolice’.

This isnt /po-lees/ or /po- lis/.

Its /pə/ and /lees/ with the stress on /lees/.

So /pə-’lees/.

The next word isvehicle’.

Its often pronounced wrongly as /ve-hi-kl/.

But theeis a long vowel and thehis


So /’vee-ə-kl/.

Number eight is this word.

How would you say it?

The correct pronunciation is /’zhän-rə/.

Pay attention to the first sound,

its likeshbut you put your voice into it - /’zhän-rə/.

/’zhän-rə/ Next up is actually what youre

watching right now – ‘video’.

The important thing is that both theiand theeare

pronounced as shortisounds.

Its not /vee-di-o/, its /’vi-di-o/.

If you watch a video on YouTube or Facebook, you might leave a


I have heard many speakers say /’kə-ment/.

Now whether you use this word as a

noun or a verb, the first syllable is always /’kä /. So

its never a /’kə-ment/, its a /’kä-ment/.

Word number eleven isinteresting’.

This is mispronounced sometimes as


But there are only three syllables – /in / –

/trə / – /stiŋ/ and the stress is onIN’.

So the word is /’in-trə-stiŋ/.

Number twelve ishotel’.

There are two syllables – /ho/ and /

tel/ like the English wordtellas intell me’.

The stress is on the second

syllable, so /ho-’tel/.

A related word issuite’.

This means a set of connected rooms

in a hotel and this is wrongly pronounced by many people as


But its /sweet/ - like when you eat a piece of candy -


While were on the topic of suites and hotels, I cannot

leave out this word – ‘restaurant’.

It gives a lot of English learners trouble.

But, dont let the fancy spelling

confuse youthe second syllable is just /tə /. The

third is /ränt/.

So /’res-tə- ränt/.

In British English, you might hear just two syllables

/’res-trɒnt/ - that is also correct.

After you eat at a restaurant, you have to pay the bill.

But you might get a discount on

your bill if you have one of theseacoupon’.

A common incorrect pronunciation is


But the second syllable should be /pän/.

So – /’koo-pän/.

Heres word number sixteenhow would you say it?

The proper pronunciation is not

break’ ‘fast’ – itsbreakfast’.

/brek / with a short /e/ sound and /fəst/ with

an /ə/ sound - so /’brek-fəst/.

You know what I had for breakfast today?

I had this – ‘pizza’.

Really, I did.

Its not a /pee-sə/ and its not a


Theres no /z/ sound in this word.

Its /peet/, /sə/ - /’peet-sə/.

Another food word thats mispronounced a lot is


Its not /ve-jə- tə-bl/.

If you say it correctly, there are only three syllables

- /vej/, / tə/, /bl/ - /’vej- tə-bl/.

Lets talk about a couple of vegetables nowthis is a


Its not a /ku- koom-bər/.

Think of it like saying the letterQand then

/kəm-bər/ likenumber’.

So /’kyoo-kəm-bər/.

This vegetable is calledlettuce’.

I know the spelling looks like /let-yoos/ but its

notits /letis/.

And since we talking about food, heres a food that just

about everybody loves – ‘chocolate’.

When you ask for this at the store, make sure

there are only two syllables – /chäk/ and /lət/ - /’chäk-lət/.

And remember: there is nolateinchocolate’.

Speaking of chocolate, how would you say this word?

This isdessert’.

Notice that the first syllable is /di/, and the

second starts with a /z/ sound.

We stress the second syllable – /di-’zərt/.

This word refers to something sweet thats eaten at

the end of a meal, and it should not be confused with

desert ’. Here, the stress is on the first syllable which is

/de/ - /’de-zərt/.

Now I said that desserts are sweet.

But what about this taste?

Its pronouncedsour’.

Some people say /sär/ - that is a mispronunciation.

The only correct way to say this word is


Many words in the English language have silent letters

that is, letters that we dont pronounce.

As in word number twenty-four – ‘receipt’.

Thepis silent.

When you purchase something or you pay a

bill, you get a /ri-’seet/.

Now if you dont pay your bills, you might find yourself


Thebis silent in this word, so /det/.

If a debt is related to your house, it might be a


This word means a loan that a bank gives you to

buy a house.

So, which letter is silent here?

Its thet’.

The first syllable is /mör/ and the second is /gij/.

So /’mör- gij/.

Number twenty-seven is this wordhow would you say it?


Thebis silent.

Subtle means something that is difficult to notice or

something that isnt obvious.

And once again, the word is pronounced /’sə-tl/.

Another popular word with a silent letter issinger’ – the

gis silent.

Now we sayfinger’ (we say theg’),

younger’ (again, with theg’) but /’siŋ-ər/ (nog’).

And what would you call someone who fixes taps and pipes at

your house?

You call him aplumber’.

Not a /’pləm-bər/ – thebis silent.

So /’pləm- ər/.

In fact, in many words, when you have the letter combination

mb’, thebis silent.

If I had a ladder in front of me

now, I couldclimbthe ladder.

Not /’klaɪmb/.

A quick note - in the pronunciation

symbols that you see, theaiis an /ai/ sound not an /ei/


So the word is /’klaɪm/.

By the way, whats this?

This is mythumb’.

Its not my /’thəmb/ – itpronounced


And what about this?

This is a comb.

Not a /komb/ - a /kom/.

A similar-sounding word istomb’.

Its often wrongly pronounced as /tomb/, but the

bis silent, and theois pronounced with anoosound.

So /toom/.

A tomb is a place like the Taj Mahal, where a person, usually

an important person, isburied’.

We say /’be-ri/.

Now when I first heard this as a

kid, I was really surprised because I used to say /’bə-ri/.

I mean, it looks like that, right?

But this word sounds just like theberryin


So once again – /’be-ri/.

But back to silent letters.

How do you say this day of the


ItsWednesday’ – thedis silent.

Sometimes it is pronounced as /’wednz-deɪ/ but

the proper way to say it is /’wenz-deɪ/.

What about this – ‘sword’.

Many people say /sword/ but that is

totally wrong.

It is just /’sord/.

And heres our last word with silent letters – ‘clothes’.

But whats silent here?

Well, first of all, this word is not


When we say /’kloz/, thethin the middle can

often be silent – /’kloz/.

But its not wrong if you say them

with adhsound – /’klodhz/.

Thats also correct.

In some words, people think a letter is silent, but its not.

For example, look at this wordwhat is it?


This is the name for the region at the North Pole of the earth.

Its mispronounced by many as /’är-tik/ but its actually


Thecin the middle is not silent.

Similarly, /ant-’ärk-tik/ and /ant-’ärk-tikə/ – thats the

name of the region at the South Pole.

Sometimes people also mistakenly insert letters or

sounds that are not there.

Like in the wordmischievous’.

This is not /mis-’chee-vis/.

There is noiafter thev’.

The last syllable is just /vəs/.

So /’mis-chi-vəs/.

And then there are words that have hidden sounds that we

dont recognizelike the wordtuition’.

Its /tu-’wi-shən/ in American English and /tyu-’wi-

shən/ in British English.

So whats the hidden sound here?

Well, the first syllable is easy - /tu/ (American) or /tyu/


But after that, its not /i-shən/, its /’wi-shən/.


You have to put thewsound in there.

So /tyu-’wi-shən/.

Word number forty-one is this word.

How do you say it?

If you said /zu-’ä-lə-ji/ its actually


That is a very common mispronunciation.

This is actually /zo-’ä-lə-ji/ - /zo/

and /ä-lə-ji/.


Number forty-two isdevelop’.

This is pronounced wrongly by many learners of English as


But the first syllable is actually /di/, and

the stress is on the second syllable.

So /di-’velp/.

Our next word isphotography’.

We say /’fo-tə-graf/ but /fə-’tä-grə-fi/.

So the first syllable becomes /fə /. And the

stress goes to the second syllable - /tä-grə-fi/ So


In the same way, /fə-’tä-grə-fər/.

Word number forty-four isjewelry’.

Its spelled differently in American and

British English but its pronounced the same - /’joo/,

l/, /ri/ - /’jool-ri/.

Its not /’jyu-lə-ri/ and its not


Its /’jool-ri/.

Up next is the wordquote’.

This is not pronounced the same ascoat’.

The correct way to say it is with a /kw/ sound at

the beginning - /’kwot/.

Similarly, we havequotationandquotation marks’.

Another punctuation term that many people get wrong is


This is the proper name for the round

brackets that we use in writing.

If you talk about just one bracket, you say /pə-’ren-


The stress is on /ren/.

If youre talking about both, the plural is /pə-’ren-


The last syllable becomes /seez/.

/pə-’ren-thə- seez/.

Word number forty-seven is this word.

Its not so much that its mispronounced, its just

that its said differently in the UK and in the US.

In American English, this is


The first syllable is /ske/ and the second is

/jool/ - schedule.

In British English, it can be both /’she-

jool/ or /’shed-yool/.

So you can choose the pronunciation

that is right for you.

Number forty-eight is the wordelite’.

Actually, there are two correct pronunciations -

/i-’leet/ and /ei-’leet/.

Both are OK but just dont say /i-


Theres nolightin /i-’leet/.

Now if you keep practicing your pronunciation and avoid the

mistakes that Ive shared with you in this lesson, you might

just become English pronunciation elite one day.

In fact, you might even become the

epitomeof good pronunciation.

This word means a perfect example of something,

and the perfect pronunciation of that is /i-’pi-tə-mee/.

Its not /’e-pi-tom/.

Once again, its /i-’pi-tə-mee/.

Of course, once you have become the epitome of good

pronunciation, dont go around correcting everybody for every

single pronunciation mistake that they make.

Because that way, instead of becoming

famous, you might just becomeinfamous’.

This word is the opposite of famous and it means

famous for something bad.

But its not pronounced /in-’fei-


Its pronounced /’in-fə- məs/.

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