50 most commonly mispronounced words

by IELTS Australia — May 10th, 2017

You know the word but stop yourself from saying it out loud for fear of pronouncing it wrongly. This predicament is relatable as we all have mishaps over the complexities of the English language now and then.

There is nothing to be embarrassed by, as language is forever evolving and mispronounced. Misspelled words often find their way into our world, making it increasingly tough to know what is right and wrong. Let’s admit it, speaking can be deceiving, especially if it’s in a language that is not your mother tongue. That got us thinking and we decided to start our own “pronunciation” series and list the 50 most commonly mispronounced words. The list provides a good start to help you articulate and enunciate words correctly.

Abalone
  • Incorrect: ah-boh-lohn
  • Correct: ab-uh-loh-nee
Albeit
  • Incorrect: al-bae-it
  • Correct: awl-bee-it
Almond
  • Incorrect: al-muh-nd
  • Correct: ah-muh-nd
Attaché
  • Incorrect: ah-tat-chee
  • Correct: uh-tash-ey
Boutique
  • Incorrect: boh-teek
  • Correct: boo-teek
Cache
  • Incorrect: kash-ay
  • Correct: kash
Chaos
  • Incorrect: Cha-os
  • Correct: Key-os
Coup
  • Incorrect: koo-p
  • Correct: koo
Coupon
  • Incorrect: que-pun
  • Correct: koo-pon
Debris
  • Incorrect: day-brees
  • Correct: deb-ree
Debut
  • Incorrect: di-boo
  • Correct: dey-byoo
Divorce
  • Incorrect: die-vawrs
  • Correct: dih-vawrs
Epitome
  • Incorrect: ih-pi-toe-m
  • Correct: ih-pit-uh-mee
Espresso
  • Incorrect: e-xpres-oh
  • Correct: e-spres-oh
Et cetera
  • Incorrect: ex-set-er-uh
  • Correct: et-set-er-uh
Faux pas
  • Incorrect: fohx-pas
  • Correct: foh-pah
Film
  • Incorrect: fill-um
  • Correct: film
Flour
  • Incorrect: fl-ahr
  • Correct: flou-er
Gauge
  • Incorrect: gauj
  • Correct: geyj
Genre
  • Incorrect: jen-re
  • Correct: zhahn-ruh
Heinous
  • Incorrect: heen-ni-us
  • Correct: hey-nuh-s
Hierarchy
  • Incorrect: hahy-archy
  • Correct: hahy-uh-rahr-kee
Hyperbole
  • Incorrect: hahy-pur-bowl
  • Correct: hahy-pur-buh-lee
Ingenuity
  • Incorrect: in-jen-wee-tee
  • Correct: in-juh-noo-i-tee
Itinerary
  • Incorrect: ahy-tin-ary
  • Correct: ahy-tin-uh-rer-ee
Jewellery
  • Incorrect: joo-el-er-y
  • Correct: joo-uh l-ree
Library
  • Incorrect: libe-ry
  • Correct: lahy-brer ee
Lingerie
  • Incorrect: linger-ee
  • Correct: lahn-zhuh-rey
Lip-sync
  • Incorrect: lip-sing
  • Correct: lip-singk
Maniac
  • Incorrect: mahn-yuhk
  • Correct: mey-nee-ak
Mischievous
  • Incorrect: mis-chee-vious
  • Correct: mis-chuh-vuh-s
Niche
  • Incorrect: nee-shay
  • Correct: nee-sh
Often
  • Incorrect: off-ten
  • Correct: aw-fuh n
Paradigm
  • Incorrect: par-uh-dig-m
  • Correct: par-uh-dahym
Pronunciation
  • Incorrect: pruh-noun-see-ey-shuh n
  • Correct: pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n
Pseudonym
  • Incorrect: syoo-duh-nim
  • Correct: sood-n-im
Quote
  • Incorrect: coat
  • Correct: kwoht
Regime
  • Incorrect: ruh-geem
  • Correct: ruh-zheem
Rendezvous
  • Incorrect: ren-dez-vuss
  • Correct: rahn-duh-voo
Reservoir
  • Incorrect: rez-er-vore
  • Correct: rez-er-vwahr
Salmon
  • Incorrect: sal-muhn
  • Correct: sam-uh n
Salon
  • Incorrect: suh-loon
  • Correct: suh-lon
Silicon
  • Incorrect: sil-i-kohn
  • Correct: sil-i-kuh n
Sour
  • Incorrect: saa-r
  • Correct: souuh-r
Subtle
  • Incorrect: subt-l
  • Correct: suht-l
Suite
  • Incorrect: soot
  • Correct: sweet
Tuition
  • Incorrect: too-shen
  • Correct: too-ish-uh n
Turquoise
  • Incorrect: tur-quiz
  • Correct: kur-kwoiz
Yolk
  • Incorrect: yol-ke
  • Correct: yohk

Reference: Dictionary.com

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