26 Correct Pronunciations Of Some English Words

Correct Pronunciations Of Some English Words

English is the official language in a large number of countries where atleast 2 billion of the world’s population communicates through it. The growing importance of this language cannot be denied in today’s global world. Knowing this language well makes us more competent to communicate with the entire world. But certain words of this language are mispronounced by most of us which hinders the correct usage of this language. Therefore, a list of common words of English are presented along with their correct pronunciations.

PRONUNCIATION

Pronounced as: Pro-nun-cia-shun. It is not correct to say ‘pro-noun-cia-shun’.

PRONUNCIATION

ALMOND

Pronounced as : Ah-mund(the u should be pronounced as it is done in the word sun. L is silent). But most people pronounce it as aal-mund which is wrong.

ALMOND

DEBRIS

Pronounced as : De-bree. Pronouncing it as ‘de-briss’ is wrong.

DEBRIS

BUFFET

Pronounced as : Boo-fay. The pronunciation of this word is not ‘buff-ay’.

BUFFET



WEDNESDAY

Pronounced as :Wens-day. It is not pronounced as ‘wed-ness-day’.

WEDNESDAY

CARAMEL

Pronounced as : Kar-ah-mel. The word is not ‘car-mel’.

CARAMEL

BURY

Pronounced as : Be-rry. It is wrong to say ‘buh-rry’.

COCOA

Pronounced as : Koh-koh. It is not correct to say it as ‘koh-koh-wa’.

COCOA

POEM

Pronounced as: Poe-um. It is not ‘poy-em’.

POEM

IRON

Pronounced as: Aye-ren. Do not say ‘eye-run’.

IRON

DEMON

Pronounced as: Dee-mon. it is wrong to say ‘dey-mon’.

DEMON

EPITOME

Pronounced as: Epi-tumi. The pronunciation is not ‘epi-toe-m’.

EPITOME

HERB

Pronounced as: Erb. It is not ‘herb’.

HERB

ESPRESSO

Pronounced as: Es-press-oh. It is incorrect to say ‘ex-press-o’.

ESPRESSO

ONION

Pronounced as: Ah-nion. It is not ‘o-nion’.

ONION

RASPBERRY

Pronounced as: Raz-ber-ee. It is wrong to say it as ‘rasp-berry’.

RASPBERRY

DENGUE

Pronounced as: Den-gee. Either of the following is a wrong pronunciation: ‘den-gyoo’/’den-goo’.

DENGUE

JEWELRY

Pronounced as : Jew-ell-ree. It is not pronounced as ‘jew-ler-ee’.

JEWELRY

BOWL

Pronounced as: Bohl. It is not ‘ba-ohl’.

BOWL

COUPON

Pronounced as: Koo-pawn. It is widely mispronounced as ‘koo-pun’.

COUPON

HUMMUS

Pronounced as: Hoom-us. It is not ‘hum-iss’.

HUMMUS

SHERBET

Pronounced as: Sher-bet. It is not ‘sher-bert’.

SHERBET

SUBTLE

Pronounced as: Sa-tell. The ‘b’ is silent.

ASTERISK

Pronounced as: Ass-ter-isk. It is not ‘ass-ter-iks’.

ASTERISK

ASTHMA

Pronounced as: Azma. It is often mispronounced as ‘as-tha-maa’.

ASTHMA

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Pronounced as: Alz-heim-er’s disease. Often mispronounced ‘al-zymer’.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

This list will serve a guide to those who mispronounce these words but will surely get it correct after going through these list of words.



  • Aum Patel

    Ah! the stupidity that radiates from this is warming… These are correct pro’noun’ciations for American English, Indian English is its own separate thing, so is British English, written the same but audibly different, so go ahead and pronounce the the words however the hell you like. You would look like more of an idiot if you used these pronunciations, and others would stare at you, not give you a prize for speaking in an American accent and your English literacy. To educate people, you need to modernize them not westernize them.

    • Manasi Chakrabarty

      Irony is cruel in your comment. You surround yourself with people who want to pronounce words “however the hell” they want. That’s not how you do it. What if Americans pronounced your name as “A-oom Pay-tell”? Would you accept that? Just because a lot of people are doing something doesn’t mean it’s right. Common usage is not always correct. Correct those who are wrong, don’t convince the people who are doing it right to follow those who are doing it wrong, even if they are more in numbers. That is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. If you want to take proud of being an Indian, learn Sanskrit and spread it all over the world. You can’t just take a language and pronounce it anyway you want, then there would be need for grammar and other language rules…

  • Manasi Chakrabarty

    Some of it is correct. But the key is consistency. You need to stick to either British or American forms of pronunciation.
    1. Wednesday for example is basically Odin’s Day, Odin (pronounced Wodin) being the Norse God, closest to the Sun. So Wednesday is the correct way of saying it if you look at the etymological origin of the word. (Just for the sake of your cynicism, Sunday is Sun’s day, Monday is Moon’s day, so Moonday isn’t wrong either. Tuesday is Twa’s day, Thursday is Thor’s
    day, Friday is Friaa’s day and of course Saturday is Saturn’s.)
    2. Hum-us is an accepted pronunciation.
    3. Herb is incorrect in a way a billion words are in English as they were originally different in other languages. Erb is French in origin. Hence Erb is etymologically correct. Same rules apply for debris, buffet etc.
    4. Iron is pronounced with a ‘r’ in American English while the British pronounce it as ‘I-earn’.