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Common English Pronunciation Mistakes

The two most common causes of pronunciation errors are speaking too fast and not reading the word through.

  1. assessory or accessory ?

Tip: There is a double C with one pronounced hard

like accident and access.

  1. Affadavid or affidavit?

It is an affidavit and has no David in it.

  1. Fort or Forte?

The E on the end of forte is not silent. It sounds like the letter A : fortay.

  1. Parlament or Parliament?

There should be a Y after L: [pahr-lyuh- muhnt].

English does have spelling rules, a little difficult sometimes, and spelling often helps in pronunciation. Speaking carefully and reading actively are keys to good spelling and pronunciation.

Few common English pronunciation mistakes have been given below:

 

1)         FEBRUARY

Say:     /feb-ru-ary/                                                                              Don’t say:        /feb-rari/

2)         ATHLETE

Say:     /ath-lete/                                                                                   Don’t say:        /ath-eh-lete/

3)         ACCESSORY

Say:     /ak-se-sory/                                                                              Don’t say:        /asse-sory/

4)         COMB

Say:     /koomb/                                                                                   Don’t say:        /komb/

5)         BURY

Say:     /be-ri/                                                                                       Don’t say:        /bu-ry/

6)         WOMEN

Say:     /wi-min/                                                                                   Don’t say:        /wo-men/

7)         ALSO

Say:     /awl-so/                                                                                                Don’t say:        /aal-so/

8)         COLLEAGUE

Say:     /ko-lig/                                                                                     Don’t say:        /ku-lig/

9)         DILATED

Say:     /di-lated/                                                                                  Don’t say:        /di-a-lated/

10)       ET CETRA

Say:     /et-cetra/                                                                                   Don’t say:        /ek-cetra/

11)       HEIRARCHY

Say:     /hai-er-arky/                                                                             Don’t say:        /hee-rarky/

12)       WEDNESDAY

Say:     /wenz-day/                                                                               Don’t say:        /wed-nes-day/

13)       APOLOGY

Say:     /a-pology/                                                                                Don’t say:        /e-pology/

14)       ADVANTAGE

Say:     /ad-vantage/                                                                             Don’t say:        /ed-vantage/

15)       DEBT

Say:     /det/                                                                                         Don’t say:        /debt/

16)       ENVIRONMENT

Say:     /in-vae-ment/                                                                           Don’t say:        /en-viron-ment/

17)       PROMOTION

Say:     /pr-motion/                                                                               Don’t say:        /pro-motion/

18)       POEM

Say:     /poe-um/                                                                                  Don’t say:        /po-yum/

19)       EPITOME

Say:     /epi-tumi/                                                                                 Don’t say:        /epi-tome/

20)       ASTHMA

Say:     /az-maa/                                                                                   Don’t say:        /as-thmaa/

21)       DEBRIS

Say:     /deb-ree/                                                                                  Don’t say:        /deb-ris/

22)       PIZZA

Say:     /peet-zaa/                                                                                 Don’t say:        /pee-zaa/

23)       BOWL

Say:     /bol/                                                                                         Don’t say:        /baul/

24)       BREAKFAST

Say:     /brek-fust/                                                                                Don’t say:        /brek-faast/

25)       VIOLIN

Say:     /vaa-yuh-lin/                                                                            Don’t say:        /voee-lin/

26)       EXTEMPORE

Say:     /extem-puh-ree/                                                                                   Don’t say:        /extem-por/

27)       DENGUE

Say:     /den-gee/                                                                                  Don’t say:        /den-goo/

28)       COUPON

Say:     /koo-pawn/                                                                              Don’t say:        /koo-pun/

29)       TOMB

Say:     /toom/                                                                                      Don’t say:        /tomb/

30)       IRON

Say:     /ai-yun/                                                                                                Don’t say:        /aai-run/

31)       BANQUET

Say:     /ban-kwet/                                                                                Don’t say:        /ban-kwey/

32)       RESTAURANT

Say:     /res-tuh-raunt/                                                                          Don’t say:        /res-traunt/

33)       DATA

Say:     /day-taa/                                                                                   Don’t say:        /daa-taa/

34)       TOUR

Say:     /too-ur/                                                                                     Don’t say:        /toor/

35)       PRONUNCIATION

Say:     /pro-nun-cia-shun/                                                                   Don’t say:/pro-noun-cia-shun/

 

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