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?
the “b” in this word is totally silent
the “b” at the end of this word is totally silent
the “b” in the middle of this word is totally silent
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
the “e” at the beginning of this word is like the “e” in egg
this word is pronounced exactly the same as the word “wait”
the “l” in this word is totally silent
the stress point of this word is the second syllable “tog”
the stress point of this word is the first syllable “pur” and the “chas” part of the word is compressed
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!"