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November 7, 2019


Pronunciation is the soul and heart of a language,
in today’s lesson we’re going to be talking about the pronunciation of the most, some
of the most important words in English language that people mispronounce. Ladies and gentlemen
a very warm welcome my name is Hridhaan, and I welcome you to my channel with a very big
heart, without further ado let’s get started, Word number one that we have on the list is
“women”. Now how do we pronounce this word? A lot of people pronounce this word
quite incorrectly, because this word has m-e-n in it and m-e-n is pronounced as men. So people
pronounce this word as wo-men, wo-men but that is not the correct pronunciation the
correct pronunciation is /we-min/ wo-men changes to /we-min/. one more time we-min.
Next one in the list is comfortable how do people mispronounce it? Because we have table
in this word, a table, table the word in itself has a different pronunciation. People think
that they have to choose the same pronunciation in the word comfortable and so they pronounce
it like this comfort-table, comfort-table but that is not right. How do we go about
this one? It is, it is tbl, /kam-f-tbl/, comfortable, comfortable not comfort-table. Next one in
the list is garbage. You have seen garbage, you know we’ve got to, we’ve got, we got in
our societies there’s one, one area where all the garbage goes, but one important thing
to note, notice here is the pronunciation of b-a-g-e, that people get confused and as
they pronounce the word and they call it bage. Garbage, but the trick in the pronunciation
of this word is, first of all you remove the ‘r’ and then after that you remove the
,age’ sound here and it becomes writing ‘J’ so that you understand it,
better it becomes ‘bij’, ‘aa-bij’ garbage, one more time it becomes garbage.
So whenever you, you see a garbage next time in future it is not garbage, it is garbage,
absolutely please do make sure that you pronounce it time and again after me so that you have
a continuous practice of the right way of pronouncing it. Next one is cloth and clothes.
How do people mispronounce it? You have a piece of fabric that is called a cloth, but
you have clothes you have different pieces of, the things that you wear on a daily basis,
for example this shirt is not a cloth but comes in the category of clothes, this jeans
that I’m wearing it’s not a cloth because it’s not just a mere piece of fabric it is
particularly trimmed clothes that I’m wearing so not cloth as an enormous fabric but a piece
of a garment that we have available. When it comes to pronunciation, what, how do we
go about it? Please repeat after me, law-th, cloth it is not clothe, it is cloth, one more
time cloth. Now let’s come to the garments that we wear on daily basis, it is not ‘kloth’
it is clothes, how do we go about this one? The word, the sound ‘o’ here is pronounced
in the same way as the word low, low-high, in the same manner we pronounce this sound,
clothes not clothes it is ‘low’ sound in this so it becomes clothes. Next one in
the list is ‘February’, it is the second month of the year and you have to say let’s
say a date, I was born on 10th of February a lot of people say, ‘ferbury’ or February
and they get confused a lot in how to pronounce the ‘ruh’ sound in the word and what is
the correct version, I’m gonna write it for you please have a look please repeat after
me, ‘ru-ari’, Feb-ru-ari. February, not February because it doesn’t come out right
and not furvery also because here we have the ‘b’ sound and it becomes /Feb-ru-ari/ not
February or furvery for that matter. Let’s move on to the next one now M-O-N-K, I leave
it to you to guess, the ‘O’ sound in the word monk, m-o-n-k is pronounced as ‘uh’
it is not ‘o’ because a lot of people say monk, but who is a monk, who is a monk
for that matter? A monk is somebody who lives, who lives in a temple especially a Tibetan
temple and they worship God and they help people with spirituality that person is called
a monk. Now how do we pronounce it correctly it is /muh-nk/ monk not monk. Next one in
the list is d-e-n-g-u-e, it is a disease of very bad disease wherein you get a lot of
high fever and people go to the doctor and even the doctors pronounce it miss, incorrectly
how do we pronounce it correctly? it is not ‘dang-yu’, it is in English language,
‘e’, /deng-ee/ it is not dengue, it is dengue so the next time if somebody catches
high fever and that person has probably been bit by a, let’s say mosquito, it is not dang-yu
it is dengue, as you say it correctly in English language. Next one is data or data, now this
is one of the most important confusions that people have in mind, now let’s clear that
confusion a data is a piece of information, a computer stores data, a camera stores data
of your pictures and videos, but please do not confuse it with data, it is data, it is
‘day-ta’, data not data. This takes us to the next one, what do you have first thing
in the morning, is that break-fast or is that break-first? it is a very commonly used word
and very commonly and easily mispronounced as well, how do we go about this one? In the
word ‘break’, we have a separate word in English language and that is pronounced
as break, but that word does not have the same pronunciation in this word the break
turns ‘brehk’ in this word so, I’m just gonna write it here for you
it becomes ‘eh’ not ‘a’, brehk. So the first thing for us to understand is, it
is not break, it is brehk and the next thing is fast, now why do people call it fast, they
stretch it because we have a word in English language that is the opposite of slow, fast
and people think that that this word has the same pronunciation from the word fast but
that again is incorrect, it is not fast, it shortens up and it becomes ‘uhst’, it
becomes ‘uh’ sound so now this word is no more break-fast it is /brehk-fuhst/, please
repeat after me, breakfast so the first thing that you have in the morning is a breakfast,
not break-fast. Next one is, what do you have when you go to a restaurant in the end of
your meal, is this a desert or a dessert? Well that’s one of the most confused words
as well, when it comes to this sweet dish that you have in the end of your meal, it
is called, I’m gonna write it for you here /di-zuht/ not desert, it is dessert. Next
one is, hmm… let’s say you want to grow a plant and you want to – a seed under the
ground, what is it called, is it burry or is it Barry? it is /be-ree/ and not Burry.
Please remember this it is not Barry, it is not burry, it is bury. Next one is ‘debris’,
what is debris? Now one of the biggest errors in pronunciation here is people pronouncing
the sound ‘s’ with this word, which is where it goes wrong, it is not debris, it
is /deb-ree/ and we put the ‘S’ sound in the silent mode here and it becomes /deb-ree/,
so the next time when you talk about an accident a sudden accident that happens it is not deb-ris,
it is /deb-ree/. Next one is very, very important, have you got a car at home or a scooter or
let’s say for that matter a scooty at home? Well that is very commonly mispronounced,
it is not vehicle, it is vehicle. Let’s do it together, please repeat after me, it’s
/uh-kl/ vehicle, vehicle not vehicle, we do not go with the, with the spelling of the
word we go with the phonemic script, it is vehicle. The next one is the third day in
the week, is it wed-nes-day or Wens-day? The quick trick is you remove the ‘D’ sound
and you add the ‘Z’ sound here and it becomes /Wenz-day/ not wed-nes-day. So let’s
do it one more time Wednesday, the next time when you talk about the third day in the week,
please say Wednesday and not wed-nes-day. I hope you got it right, please continue speaking
it loudly so that your throat gets used to the next, to the right sound. The next one
is a disease where you’re not able to breathe properly, what is that called, is that as-th-ma
or is that something else? Well it definitely is something else. We do not pronounce the
‘th’ sound here, we pronounce it like this, please repeat after me, ‘ma’, /as-ma/
not as-tha-ma, we say as-ma. The next one is jewellery. A lot of people wear jewellery,
different accessories these days and especially it could be of a metal, gold for that matter
silver as well or platinum but how do we pronounce that piece of accessory that is made up of
all of these elements, is it jewellery or is it /jool-ree/, it is jewellery and not
jewellery. So make sure when the next time you talk about something else it is not jewellery,
it is /jool-ree/. Quickly moving on to the next one, we have, ‘onion’, a vegetable,
it is not onion, a lot of people misunderstand it with the sound ‘o’ in the beginning,
it is not onion, it is ‘uh’ sound, onion. So the vegetable that a lot of people like
and dislike eating is onion not onion. The next one is the dry fruit that is quite famous,
people actually have it in winters, but the trick to pronounce it is, by removing the
‘L’ sound in the word and we say /ah-mnd/, not almond it is, /ah-mnd/. The next one is,
well have you ever been to a concert and in that concert you need something, it is actually
also called a pass to enter it, this word is a replacement of that one and it is called
coupon, it is not coupon, a lot of people say that, it is /koop-on/ please repeat after
me, coupon. Next one in the list is, tomorrow. What is the day called after this day in the
present? It is definitely called tomorrow but a lot of times people mispronounce it
as tomorrow, but it is not tomorrow, it is it’s ‘ro’, ‘maw-ro’, ‘/tu-maw-ro/.
One more time tomorrow. This takes us to the next one, pasta or pasta, it is, imagine you
pass an exam and you say pass and you just basically have to add a ‘tah’ to it and
it becomes ‘pass-tah’. Please remember to pronounce ‘th’ sound correctly it is
not it is not ‘t’ it is pass-tah, a lot of people say pasta they use ‘th’ sound
in replacement of ‘tah’. It is pasta. Next one is, the third last month of the year,
what is that called, is similar to February, what is this month? It is October, not ak-tuber,
let’s do it together, together please, ‘toh-b’, /ok-toh-b/, October. Where do we put the stress,
is it October, is it October or is it October? It is October the first part ok-toh-b’.
The second last in the list is quite similar to the last one, but first we’ll do the last
one in the word, ‘p-r-o-n-o-u-n-c-e’, we have the word ‘noun’ which comes from
one of the grammar elements of English language and people actually use this word to pronounce
the second last one. The first one, ah, the last one is pronounce, let’s do together,
pronounce, nouns, announce, renounce, pronounce… one more time pronounce, and a lot of people
when they pronounce the second last word they say ‘pronounceiation’, pronunciation but
if you look closely in the bigger word there is ‘nun’ not noun and thus we write and
say /pr-uh-nun-si-ay-shan/ and it becomes shan, ay-shan, si-ay-shan, nun-si-ay-shan,
uh-nun-si-ay-shan, and finally /pr-uh-nun-si-ay-shan/. This is the end of this lesson I hope you
really liked this lesson and if you did please drop in a comment. Thank you very much for
watching and have a great day ahead.

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