10 Commonly Mispronounced Words- Get them Right!
What is Pronunciation?
Pronunciation is the accepted way of how words are spoken in a particular language independent of any regional dialect or accent. Correct pronunciation refers to not just the sound but also the intonation, stress on specific letters and manner of speaking. It is not always led by the spelling, which makes it difficult to grasp for non-native speakers leading to mispronunciation. English is specially tricky due to it’s multilingual origin & centuries of evolution. In this article, you’ll find out some commonly mispronounced words and the right way to say them.
Correct pronunciation forms one of the basic pillars of effective communication. It’s one of the most important things that people notice when you speak; mispronounced words are even more noticeable. Yes, vocabulary and grammar are important for impressive communication, but you can get by with simple words and grammar structures. However, with pronunciation there is no such thing as simple or advanced pronunciation. You either pronounce a word correctly or mispronounce it. When you speak to people, even with correct grammar people may not understand what you are saying because of mispronunciation. Since English is such a widespread language for communication, practicing correct and authentic pronunciation will do you a lot of good in communicating effectively with people around the globe. In this article, we look at 10 of the most commonly mispronounced words in our daily life. Let’s get them right today!
“My name can’t be that tough to pronounce!”
– Keanu Reeves
Correct pronunciation: Sweet
The word ‘suite’ is incorrectly pronounced by a lot of people, partly because of its French origin and partly because its pronunciation is quite different than its spelling suggests. Often mispronounced as ‘soot’, its pronunciation is same as ‘sweet’.
Correct pronunciation: Pra-nun-cee-a-shun
Derived from the word ‘pronounce’, people often overlook the fact that the ‘o’ in ‘noun’ is omitted in the word ‘pronunciation’. So if you say ‘pro-noun-cee-a-shun’, that’s wrong. The right way to say it is ‘pra-nun-cee-a-shun’.