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      The Most Commonly Mispronounced Words

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CORRECT PRONUNCIATION   
WORD
 INCORRECT
 
Accessory
Accessory
Assessory

Affidavit
Affidavit
Affadavid

Stress the 1st syllable
Affluent

"am-BROH-zhah"
Ambrosia

"AN-ihss"
Anise

"uh-non-uh-muhs"
Anonymous

Antarctic
Antarctic
Antartic

Arctic
Arctic
Artic

Ask
Ask
aks, ax

Athletic
Athletic
Atheletic

Athlete
Athlete
Athelete

"uh – rye"
Awry
"aww – ree"

Barbed Wire
Barbed Wire
Bob Wire

"Bar+Bit+U+Rate"
Barbiturate
Barbituate

"Broo-SKETT-a"
Bruschetta

Candidate
Candidate
Cannidate

"KEHR-ah-mehl" or "KAR-ah-mehl"
Caramel

Cavalry
Cavalry
Calvary

The first c is a k sound
Celtic
 
CORRECT PRONUNCIATION   
WORD
 INCORRECT
 
Citizen

A Very Soft [Th] Sound
Clothes
Close

"KAHL-eeg"
Colleague
Don't pronounce the final ue.

Costs

"kwah-SAHN"; "KWAH-sawn"; "kruh-SAHNT"
Croissant

Dayta most common, but DATa also correct.
Data

Desktop

Digital

Dilate
Dilate
Dialate

Di/F/Theria This Ph Is "F" Not "P"
Diphtheria
Diptheria

Drown
Drown
Drownd

"eh-dah-MAH-meh"
Edamame

Accent 2nd, not 3rd syllable
Electoral

Environment

Especially
Especially
Expecially

Espresso
Espresso
Expresso

"eth-nis-i-tee"
Ethnicity

"ett – set – err – uh"
Etcetera / Etc
Excetera

"fuh-sil-i-teyt"
Facilitate
 
CORRECT PRONUNCIATION   
WORD
 INCORRECT
 
February
February
Febyuary

Federal
Federal
Fedral

"FWAH GRAH"
Foie Gras

Foliage
Foliage
Foilage

General

Not a "J" sound, but a hard G
Gif

Government

"YEE-roh," "YEE-rohs"
Gyro
Sometimes JYrow is used

Height
Height
Heighth

Hospital

"HOOM-uhs"
Hummus

Internet

"hah-lah-PEH-nyoh"
Jalapeño

Jewelry
Jewelry
Jewlery

Lease
Leash

"li-a-ble"
Liable

Three syllables—li-bra-ry, not li-bary
Library

Masonry
Masonry
Masonary

Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise
Mannaise

Miniature
Miniature
Miniture

"maht-suh-REHL-lah"; "moht-suh-REHL-lah"
Mozzarella

Nitch or Neesh are both correct. Ask for preference
Niche

Nuclear
Nuclear
Nucular

Nup-Shull
Nuptial
Nuptual

The "t" is silent (most preferred pronunciation)
Often
 
CORRECT PRONUNCIATION   
WORD
 INCORRECT
 
Use a brief "Y" Sound After The L
Parliament
Parlament

"per-tik-yuh-ler-lee"
Particularly

Accent 2nd, not 3rd syllable
Pastoral

Options: "pih-KAHN"; "pih-KAN"; "PEE-kan"
Pecan

Perspective

Perspire
Perspire
Prespire

"fi-nom-uh-non"
Phenomenon

"pic-shur" or "pic-tchur," not “pitch-er”
Picture

Pollute
Pollute
Plute

"prej-uh-dis"
Prejudice

"pre – rogg – uh – tiv"
Prerogative
"purr – ogg – uh – tiv"

"Purr – Scrip – Shun"
Prescription
Perscription

Probably
Probably

Probly or Prolly


Pronunciation
Pronunciation
Pronounciation

Prostate
Prostate
Prostrate

Realtor
Realtor
Realator

"reg-yuh-ler-lee"
Regularly

"rih-KAHT-tuh"; "ree-KOH-tah"
Ricotta

"SHER-biht" no second "R"
Sherbet
SherbeRt

Silicon
Silicon
Silicone

"saw-muh-LYAY"
Sommelier

"stuh-tis-tiks"
Statistics

Supposedly
Supposedly

Supposably


"tuh-MAH-lee"
Tamale

Temperature

Triathlon
Triathlon
Triathalon

"TER-muh-rihk"
Turmeric

Utmost
Utmost
Upmost

Wasn't
Wasn't
Wadn't

The first d and the second e are silent
Wednesday

Yolk

Yoke

 
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Some vocabularly-improving links:

Here are some English vocabulary apps if you're using a smart phone AndroidApple/iOs


http://www.vocabulary.com/ adapts to your level, and http://www.vocabsushi.com/ lets you set your level.

http://www.intensivevocab.com/practice/mainpage.cfm is also good

http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/vocabulary/ has a big list of links, some you might find useful.

If you want to study a variety of vocabulary lessons AND be able to choose your level,
Levels 1 & 2 | http://a4esl.org/a/v.html
Levels 3 & 4 | http://a4esl.org/a/v3.html
Levels 5 & 6 | http://a4esl.org/a/v5.html

Here are some specific resources for learning to speak better, oriented around vocabulary and idioms (common phrases): http://www.eslgold.com/speaking.html

Some other links or helping improve your vocabulary: