#EngTrivia: Commonly Mispronounced Words

Hello, fellas, how are you today? I hope your day went well.

Sometimes while we’re reading, we find a new word which we don’t know how to pronounce, at least until we check the dictionary or consult our teachers.

In today’s #EngTrivia, we are going to discuss several commonly mispronounced words.

1. Buffet
We in Indonesia often mispronounce this word as ‘boo-fet’, while the correct pronunciation is ‘bəˈfā’ (buh-fé). #EngTrivia

2. Ibiza
It’s pronounced ‘ee-bee-tha’ instead of ‘ee-bee-tza’. #EngTrivia

3. Determine
I often mispronounce this word, too. I say ‘dee-ter-mine’ while the correct pronunciation is ‘dee-ter-meen’. #EngTrivia

4. Doubt and debt
The letter ‘b’ in both words is silent, so the words are pronounced ‘dout’ and ‘det’. #EngTrivia

5. Bear
It’s pronounced ‘be(ə)r’ instead of ‘beer’ (drink). #EngTrivia

6. Duty
The correct pronunciation is ‘d(y)o͞otē’, not ‘duh-tee’. #EngTrivia

7. Sword
The word has silent ‘w’, and it’s pronounced ‘sôrd’. #EngTrivia

8. Angle
The word is pronounced ‘aNGgəl’ not to be confused with ‘angel (ānjəl)’. #EngTrivia

9. Would, should, could
Again, the ‘l’ is silent, so the words are pronounced ‘wood’, ‘shood’, and ‘kood’. #EngTrivia

10. Castle
Instead of ‘kastel’, the word is pronounced ‘kasəl’. #EngTrivia


There you go, fellas! Albeit being a short one, I hope today’s #EngTrivia is useful for you. Whenever you learn a new word, learn also how to pronounce it correctly so your interlocutor can understand you perfectly.

Thank you very much for having me! We’ll meet again tomorrow to talk about the word ‘faux-pas’.

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Have a good night, fellas! See you tomorrow!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 23 May, 2016.


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