Are You Making These 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.
Commonly Mispronounced as: carry-er/care-y-er
Correct Pronunciation: kuh-ree-ur
Commonly Mispronounced as: rez-uum
Correct Pronunciation: rez-u-may
Commonly Mispronounced as: opp-OR-chew-nity
Correct Pronunciation: opp-ur-chew-nity
Commonly Mispronounced as: pl-aan
Correct Pronunciation: pl-ayn (rhymes with can, man, fan)
Commonly Mispronounced as: daa-taa
Correct Pronunciation: day-ta
Commonly Mispronounced as: aks
Correct Pronunciation: aa-sk (not aks)
Commonly Mispronounced as: deks
Correct Pronunciation: dess-k (not deks)
Commonly Mispronounced as: bid-ness/bij-ness/bin-ness
Correct Pronunciation: biz-i-ness
Commonly Mispronounced as: canni-date
Correct Pronunciation: candy-date
Commonly Mispronounced as: pro-bayb-ly
Correct Pronunciation: praw-bub-ly
Commonly Mispronounced as: enter-pren-er
Correct Pronunciation: on-truh-pren-yur
Commonly Mispronounced as: wed-ness-day
Correct Pronunciation: wenz-day
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.
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