Are You Making These Common Pronunciation Mistakes?

Common pronunciation mistakes

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Pronunciation is an integral part of spoken English. Often, we forget to pay attention to the correct way of pronouncing words. As is the case with the English language, there are really no rules that tell you how to pronounce words with certain kinds of spelling. Words with similar spellings are often pronounced very differently.

Following our last post on Common Mistakes That Candidates Make While Speaking English, here is a list of English words that are commonly mispronounced.

Related: 5 Verbal Mistakes You Should Never Make

Word: Career

Commonly Mispronounced as: carry-er/care-y-er

Correct Pronunciation: kuh-ree-ur


Word: Resume

Commonly Mispronounced as: rez-uum

Correct Pronunciation: rez-u-may


Word: Opportunity

Commonly Mispronounced as: opp-OR-chew-nity

Correct Pronunciation: opp-ur-chew-nity


Word: Plan

Commonly Mispronounced as: pl-aan

Correct Pronunciation: pl-ayn (rhymes with can, man, fan)


Word: Data

Commonly Mispronounced as: daa-taa

Correct Pronunciation: day-ta


Word: Ask

Commonly Mispronounced as: aks

Correct Pronunciation: aa-sk (not aks)


Word: Desk

Commonly Mispronounced as: deks

Correct Pronunciation: dess-k (not deks)


Word: Business

Commonly Mispronounced as: bid-ness/bij-ness/bin-ness

Correct Pronunciation: biz-i-ness


Word: Candidate

Commonly Mispronounced as: canni-date

Correct Pronunciation: candy-date


Word: Probably

Commonly Mispronounced as: pro-bayb-ly

Correct Pronunciation: praw-bub-ly


Word: Entrepreneur

Commonly Mispronounced as: enter-pren-er

Correct Pronunciation: on-truh-pren-yur


Word: Wednesday

Commonly Mispronounced as: wed-ness-day

Correct Pronunciation: wenz-day


Word: Pronunciation

Commonly Mispronounced as: pro-NOUN-see-a-shun

Correct Pronunciation: pro-nun-see-a-shun


The best way to avoid making these pronunciation mistakes is by paying close attention to the way good orators pronounce words. Listening to sound clips of pronunciations (available on YouTube) of difficult words is always helpful. Downloading a dictionary app on your phone will not only guide you to pronounce words correctly but will also strengthen your vocabulary.

Also Read:

Common Mistakes That Candidates Make While Speaking English

5 Ways to Improve Your English

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