The 100 Most-Mispronounced Words

 

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CORRECT PRONUNCIATION
WORD
INCORRECT
Acaí
ACK-ah-ee ; ah-KAI
Accessory
Assessory
Affidavit
Affadavid
Stress the 1st syllable
“am-BROH-zhah”
“AN-ihss”
“uh-non-uh-muhs”
Antarctic
Antartic
Arctic
Artic
Ask
aks, ax
Athletic
Atheletic
Athlete
Athelete
“uh – rye”
“aww – ree”
Barbed Wire
Bob Wire
“Bar+Bit+U+Rate”
Barbituate
“Broo-SKETT-a”
Candidate
Cannidate
“KEHR-ah-mehl” or “KAR-ah-mehl”
Cavalry
Calvary
The first c is a k sound
CORRECT PRONUNCIATION
WORD
INCORRECT
“kHUT-spa” kH = slightly aspirated H
A Very Soft [Th] Sound
Close
“con-TROLL-er”
“comp-TROLL-er” though becoming accepted
“KAHL-eeg”
Don’t pronounce the final ue.
“kwah-SAHN”; “KWAH-sawn”; “kruh-SAHNT”

Dayta most common, but DATa also correct.
Dilate
Dialate
Di/F/Theria This Ph Is “F” Not “P”
Diptheria
Drown
Drownd
“eh-dah-MAH-meh”
Accent 2nd, not 3rd syllable
Especially
Expecially
Espresso
Expresso
“eth-nis-i-tee”
“ett – set – err – uh”
Excetera
“fuh-sil-i-teyt”
CORRECT PRONUNCIATION
WORD
INCORRECT
February
Febyuary
Federal
Fedral
“FWAH GRAH”
Foliage
Foilage
Not a “J” sound, but a hard G
“YEE-roh,” “YEE-rohs”
Sometimes JYrow is used
Height
Heighth
“HOOM-uhs”
“hah-lah-PEH-nyoh”
Jewelry
Jewlery
Leash
“li-a-ble”
Three syllables-li-bra-ry, not li-bary
Masonry
Masonary
Mayonnaise
Mannaise
Miniature
Miniture
“MIS-chuh-vus”
“mis-CHEE-vee-us” NOT 4 syllables
“maht-suh-REHL-lah”; “moht-suh-REHL-lah”
Nitch or Neesh are both correct. Ask for preference
“ni-chay”
Nuclear
Nucular
Nup-Shull
Nuptual
The “t” is silent (most preferred pronunciation)
Hearing the “t” is becoming accepted
CORRECT PRONUNCIATION
WORD
INCORRECT
Use a brief “Y” Sound After The L
Parlament
“per-tik-yuh-ler-lee”
Accent 2nd, not 3rd
syllable
Options: “pih-KAHN”; “pih-KAN”; “PEE-kan”
Perspire
Prespire
“fi-nom-uh-non”
“pic-shur” or “pic-tchur,” not “pitch-er”
Pollute
Plute
“prej-uh-dis”
“pre – rogg – uh – tiv”
“purr – ogg – uh – tiv”
“Purr – Scrip – Shun”
Perscription
Probably

Probly or Prolly

Pronunciation
Pronounciation
Prostate
Prostrate
Realtor
Realator
“reg-yuh-ler-lee”
“rih-KAHT-tuh”; “ree-KOH-tah”
“SHER-biht” no second “R”
SherbeRt
Silicon
Silicone
“saw-muh-LYAY”
“stuh-tis-tiks”
Supposedly
Supposably
“tuh-MAH-lee”
Triathlon
Triathalon
“TER-muh-rihk”
Utmost
Upmost
Wasn’t
Wadn’t
The first d and the second e are silent
Yoke

     How to Fix Accent and Diction

  1. Find out what you need to fix (see below)
  2. Make a list of words and word combinations that need work.
  3. Prioritize which words/ are most common + which are hardest to fix
  4. Practice your highest priority items daily
Where to listen to pronunciation of words
(Other resources: site #2site #3site #4) • Medical pronunciations
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.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,
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 to help improve your vocabulary: