Top ten mispronounced English words

English pronunciation is certainly tricky. If you want proof of this, have a look at this poem "The Chaos"; it will provide a challenge for advanced learners but might make a beginner give up in horror (as the poem itself suggests as the solution!)

Pronunciation matters because when we don’t pronounce well, it can complicate communication and cause frustration. I should know; I haven't forgotten my first months living in Spain and the regular looks of incomprehension I would get when I tried out my new Spanish.

Over the 16 years I’ve been teaching English, I have heard certain mistakes come up time and time again across nationalities, levels and ages. So, for a mini pronunciation crash course, have a look below and try to avoid these common mistakes! Remember to focus on the stressed syllable (underlined). For those it might help, the word in phonetic script is included in brackets. If you reckon you’ve mastered these, have a go at the tricky ones! At the bottom you can see a short video of my (😜excellent British) pronunciation of these words. Here goes…

Island (ˈaɪlənd) – Say “ai·luhnd,” don’t pronounce the s!

Mountain (ˈmaʊntɪn) – the first part rhymes with cow, the second is more like tin

Environment (ɪnˈvaɪrəmənt) – “in-vai-ro-ment,” skip the second n and it’s not that hard

Genre (ˈʒɒnrə) – say with your best French accent “jon-ruh,” with a soft j

Idea (aɪˈdɪə) – “ai-dee-uh,” (note to French speakers: please don't forget the last syllable!)

Money (ˈmʌni) - “muh-nee,” be careful with the first vowel – it’s not an o sound

Cousin (ˈkʌz(ə)n) – “cuh-zn”

Daughter (ˈdɔːtə(r)) – “dor-tuh,” don’t be fooled by the daugh sound, here it’s pronounced door

Choir (kwaɪə(r)) – “kw-ai-uh” – a bit like quiet with a different ending

Salmon (ˈsæmən) – don’t say the l ! “sa-mun”

Tricky words challenge – if you can say these correctly, you're half-way to speaking the Queen's English!

Squirrel
Jewellery
Crisps
Colonel
Anemone





24 Şubat 2020
Profile Picture
$21.50
USD/saat

Charlotte Allen

security_checked
4.9
$21.50
USD/saat
Flag
İngilizce
globe
Birleşik Krallık
time
541
Konuşur:
İngilizce
Ana Dil
,
İspanyolca
C2
,
Fransızca
A1
*Please note that I am not available in August!* Hi! I am an experienced English teacher from the famous city of Oxford in the United Kingdom. I have been living and teaching English in the Canary Islands, Spain, for the past 15 years. I have worked with adults and children, in schools, language schools, in-company classes and private tutoring and in the online world since November 2015. * All levels/ages - I accept students of all ages and levels. I am happy to teach children (that are happy to learn with me!) and adults from complete beginners to advanced. * Exam preparation - I am especially familiar with the Cambridge exams (PET, First, Advanced, Proficiency) and have also helped people with IELTS, BULATS and official Spanish exams (EOI, education "oposiciones"...) * Business English - I have a business English materials available and experience teaching people who need to improve their English specifically for work purposes. * Proof-reading - I am happy to help you with proof-reading documents or correcting writing (student can be present or not). * Personal qualities - I have plenty of patience and the flexibility to adapt to your learning style and interests. I will aim for each class to be entertaining and challenging, helping you to progress in an enjoyable way. I am interested in current affairs, environmental issues, and all aspects of language learning so I'm sure we will have plenty to talk about! * Homework / lesson reports - I will always suggest homework and guidance for independent study (taking into account student's objectives and interests). I am happy to provide lesson reports if requested. I also offer half-hour or 45 minute lessons if preferred. Please feel free to book a lesson, a trial lesson or send me a message if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!
Flag
İngilizce
globe
Birleşik Krallık
time
541
Konuşur:
İngilizce
Ana Dil
,
İspanyolca
C2
,
Fransızca
A1
*Please note that I am not available in August!* Hi! I am an experienced English teacher from the famous city of Oxford in the United Kingdom. I have been living and teaching English in the Canary Islands, Spain, for the past 15 years. I have worked with adults and children, in schools, language schools, in-company classes and private tutoring and in the online world since November 2015. * All levels/ages - I accept students of all ages and levels. I am happy to teach children (that are happy to learn with me!) and adults from complete beginners to advanced. * Exam preparation - I am especially familiar with the Cambridge exams (PET, First, Advanced, Proficiency) and have also helped people with IELTS, BULATS and official Spanish exams (EOI, education "oposiciones"...) * Business English - I have a business English materials available and experience teaching people who need to improve their English specifically for work purposes. * Proof-reading - I am happy to help you with proof-reading documents or correcting writing (student can be present or not). * Personal qualities - I have plenty of patience and the flexibility to adapt to your learning style and interests. I will aim for each class to be entertaining and challenging, helping you to progress in an enjoyable way. I am interested in current affairs, environmental issues, and all aspects of language learning so I'm sure we will have plenty to talk about! * Homework / lesson reports - I will always suggest homework and guidance for independent study (taking into account student's objectives and interests). I am happy to provide lesson reports if requested. I also offer half-hour or 45 minute lessons if preferred. Please feel free to book a lesson, a trial lesson or send me a message if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!