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Commonly Mispronounced Words By Anindya Ghosh

Accurate Pronunciation is the key to make a good impression. And along with pronunciation comes a good accent. You could be excellent in your English but if you pronounce wrongly, you won't be able to make a standout impression. So, here are some of the commonly mispronounced words and best practices to become a confident speaker or presenter.

Here are few mispronouned words:

1. Silicone vs Silicon

The first word is Silicone and the second word is Silicon both are spelt more or less the same way but the pronunciation is different. Silicone is the soft rubber material that you have on your earphones and Silicon is the material that is used to make computer chips.

2. Mischievious vs Mischievous

A lot of us actually make mistakes in this word. Mischievious which means naughty but, it is actually Mischievous (Mis+chi+vous).

3. Etc

This is the abbreviation we use. Most of us pronounce etc as (Excetra) but it is actually etc (Et. Cetera).

4. Nuptial

This is a word that is related to marriage or wedding. Anything that is related to marriage or wedding is not Nuptial (Nup+tial) it is just Nuph+shl.

5. Pronunciation vs Pronounciation

At least 60 to 70 percent of people actually mispronounce this word. It's Pronunciation (Pro+nun+ciation) it's not Pronounciation . A lot of us say Pronounciation (Pro+noun+ciation) and that's not right.

6. Strengths

Do you say strength (St+ren+th)? It is Strength (St+reng+ths). This is where the under sound ng comes.

7. Jewellery

This is another word we all pronounce it wrong. It's Jewellery (Jool+ry) and not Jewelry (Jwel+lery).

8. Anyway vs Anyways

This word is not about pronunciation but a lot of us actually make mistakes in using this word. A lot of us use it as Anyways . For example: 1). We are meeting tomorrow Anyways . So never say Anyways it is always Anyway . 2). I didn't want to try the new dish but I tried it Anyway .

9. Vegetable

One more word Vegetable , it is not Vegetable (Vege+table). It s not vegetarian or anything to do with veggie, It is Vegetable (Veg+tabl).

10. Comfortable

This is Comfortable (comf+table) not comfortable (comfor+table).

11. Almond

The next word that we have is not Almond it is Almond (Aa+muhnd) not Almond (Al+mond). So a lot of other words are there - Half, Talk, Walk where the L is silent.

12. Clothes

It's Clothes (klouz) not clothes (Clo+thes) there's no th sound it is pronounced similar to close close with th in between clothes.

13. Word/World/Work

A lot of people pronounce these words wrong. It s not Werd , Werld or Werk . It is Word (Vuhd), World (Vuhld) and Work (Vuhk).

14. Analyse vs Analysis

In these two words Analyse (verb) and Analysis (noun) the stress is on the second part na of the second syllable of the word.

15. Execute vs Executive

These two words Execute (verb) and Executive (noun), the Ex sound in Execute (lks) and Executive (egs) there is a difference in the sounds.

16. Develop

A lot of us actually mispronounce this as well it's, Develop (duh+veh+luhp) it is not Develop (deve+lop).

17. Focus

We have some words where the O actually is pronounced as ou so, it s Focus (fou+cus)

18. Quote

There are some words with q that you need to have a kw sound. Like it is not Quote (Cote) it does not have Co kind of pronunciation. It is called Quote (kwo+t).

19. Suite vs Suit

Here the first word is a room that you find in hotels, it is exactly pronounced as Sweet right and the second one is Suit, a set of garments. It is pronounced as (Sewt - Soot).

20. Cooperate vs Corporate

This word is Cooperate, pronounced as (KO+Operate) (KO-wa+perate).

21. Increase vs Decrease

These two words have two forms when you use it as a verb the stress is on INcrease and DEcrease but when you use it as a noun the stress is on the second part of the world increase decrease.

22. Employ vs Employe

We have got two other words: Employ (verb) and the other one Employee (noun).

23. Figure

This word is Figure (Fig+yur) it's not figure (fi+gar). A lot of these words are mispronounced, so need to be focused on.

24. Advice vs Advise

Here the word Advice (Noun) comes with a s sound and Advise (Verb) comes with a z sound.

25. Moral vs Morale

So these are the words that we learn in class : Moral (feeling of right or wrong) and Morale (employee morale). Moral is caring about what is right or wrong and Morale is the attitude or move mood of your employees

26. Carrier vs Career

It s Career (an occupation or profession) and the other one is Carrier, a tiffin carrier or something that carries.

Anindya Ghosh is a Spoken English, Communication skills and IELTS trainer on UrbanPro. He has been associated with UrbanPro for nearly seven years now. According to Anindya, most of the students worry about fluency in speaking English, finding proper words or public speaking. He helps a student improve in all the problems as per their grasping skills and knowledge.


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