Common Mispronounced Words
Pronunciation practice is quite often overlooked by students because there are so many other things to worry about and study. However, you should make the time to put in an hour or two of pronunciation study each week.
There are many words that cause pronunciation problems for students in my classes, but here are some of the most common pronunciation errors that I come across daily:
Students are convinced that every Word ending in “ed” has to be pronounced “id”. This is not the case. In fact, only words that end in t and d are pronounced “id”. For example, wanted and ended. Words with other endings are either pronounced with a t or a d. I strongly recommend that you study the rules for ed endings.
This mistake is a classic and almost every student I work with is guilty of it. Naturally, students asume that every “ch” is pronounced like the “ch” in church. Again, not true. This leads to the famous error of mispronouncing “headache”. The correct pronunciation for ache sounds more like aik. Please note the “k” sound at the end.
Another favorite error. I hear all sorts of strange pronunciation for words that end in “gh”. The general rule is that it is pronounced with an “f” sound. Take “cough” for example. The correct pronunciation is “kof”. And the same rule applies for words like laugh, tough and rough.
I could write many paragraphs about this but to keep thing short here are some of the more usual errors with silent letters:
Island – Usually pronounced incorrectly by sounding the s but it should be “I lund” with the stress on the first syllable.
Knee, or any work that begins with a k followed by an n such as know, knock or Knowledge – Simple, don’t make that k sound!
Words with a silent b like thumb, crumb or plumb – Easy to spot. If you see an m before the b don’t sound the b.
#End of September 27, 2013 – Comon Pronunciation Problems#