MThai English has just introduced what Jakub Marian who wrote a book about English Pronunciation rounded up 32 English Words Mostly Mispronounced by Foreigners (1). Here is the later part ending of all 32 words.
Let’s see and learn.
/haɪˈpɜːbəli/ (haay-pə-ə-bə-lee) (UK), /haɪˈpɜrbəli/ (haay-pər-bə-lee) (US) ; don’t confuse this word with a hyperbola, a geometrical shape. Hyperbole is a form of exaggeration, and it doesn’t rhyme with a bowl.
/ænˈtɪpədiːz/ (æn-tip-ə-deez) ; a word describing two points which are directly opposite to each other on a sphere. For some reason, it doesn’t rhyme with an “antipode”, which is the singular form of it and which does rhyme with words like “mode” or “code”.
/geɪdʒ/ (geydzh) ; this word is especially useful to guitarists that speak about string gauges (i.e. how thick they are). It is pronounced as if the “u” were not there.
/ˌgrɛnɪtʃ/ (gren-itch) ; you probably know this word from the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) time standard. Just remember that there is no green witch in Greenwich.
/joʊˈsɛmɪti/ (yoh-sem-it-ee) ; Yosemite National Park is well known around the Globe. Although there certainly is at least one mite somewhere in the park, there is none in the name.
/ˈbuːlɪən/ (boo-li-ən) ; every programmer knows this word, but many pronounce it wrong.
/ˈbeɪziən/ (bey-zee-ən) ; if you are a mathematician, like me, you may be pronouncing this word incorrectly, as I used to.
/ˈpærədaɪm/ (pær-ə-daaym) ; the pronunciation is quite natural, but some people are ‘digging’ this word a little bit too much. There is no ‘dig’ sound inside it.
/ɪˈliːt/ (ih-leet) ; elite people are certainly not a “lite” version of the population. Don’t rhyme them with it.
/ˈdɛbriː/ (deb-ree) (UK), /dəˈbri/ (də-bree) (US) ; this words has retained its original French pronunciation, so the final “s” is not pronounced.
/ˈɪnfəməs/ (in-fə-məs) ; although the word is just “famous” with the prefix “in-” stuck in the front, it is not pronounced so.
/ɪˈpɪtəmi/ (ih-pit-ə-mee) ; this somewhat less common word means “someone who is a prototypical example of a group of people”. Although you could fill a tome with a list of epitomes, you cannot rhyme it with them.
/fəˈsɑːd/ (fə-saad) ; this word, meaning the front of a building, originates in French, and the pronunciation is still close to the French one.
/əˈraɪ/ (ə-raay) ; this word shares a common root with “wry”, which means (among others) “abnormally bent or turned”. Awry means also “with a turn or twist to one side” or also “away from the expected or proper direction” (for example in “Our plans went awry”).
/kiː/ (kee) (UK), in the US also /keɪ/ (kei) or /kweɪ/ (kwei) ; quay is the part of a harbour where ships can dock; it is therefore one of the ‘key parts’ of a harbour.
/niːʃ/ (neesh) (UK), /nɪtʃ/ (nitch) (US) ; this word, meaning a shallow recess or simply a nice place or position, is also often used in the marketing business to describe the field of interest of a website (and that’s how I met it). Its pronunciation can be somewhat unexpected.
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