Lisa's week

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Lisa's week: How do you say that?

This week, I thought I’d give you some words that are regularly pronounced incorrectly by people I meet in my everyday. Have you said any of these incorrectly in just the last week?

 

English

German

Pronunciation

debt

Schuld

det

  • the “b” in this word is totally silent
bomb

Bombe

bɒm

  • the “b” at the end of this word is totally silent
plumber

Installateur

ˈplʌm.ər

  • the “b” in the middle of this word is totally silent
comfortable

bequem

ˈkʌm.fə.tə.bəl

  • the syllables in the middle of this word are compressed so that the “for” and “table” parts of the word are shortened and not openly pronounced
engineer

Ingenieur

ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪər

  • the “e” at the beginning of this word is like the “e” in egg
weight

Gewicht

weɪt

  • this word is pronounced exactly the same as the word “wait”
 salmon

Lachs

ˈsæm.ən

  • the “l” in this word is totally silent
 photographer

Fotograf

fəˈtɒɡ.rə.fər

  • the stress point of this word is the second syllable “tog”
 purchasing (department)

Einkauf (Abteilung)

ˈpɜːtʃəsɪŋ

  • the stress point of this word is the first syllable “pur” and the “chas” part of the word is compressed
 executive

Führungskraft

ɪɡˈzek.jə.tɪv

  • the stress point of this word is the second syllable “ec”

 

In class these words are often subject to a lot of discussion and it takes a long time for students to retrain their memory to shift the stress in a word or to remember that there is no “b” sound at the end of bomb or in the middle of debt! But it’s possible with repetition and concentration. Practice makes perfect and details like this can really make a positive difference to how your English sounds in general conversation.

How many of these do you get wrong? Time to relearn them and get pronouncing correctly!

 


What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"

 

Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

01.09.2016