By Barnali Sen, HOD, English

Learning to pronounce them correctly!

  • Almond:This dry fruit is pronounced as Ah-mund, (pronunciation of u as in sun). L is silent. You should not pronounce it as Aal-mund.
  • Bury:It is pronounced as Be-ri, the same as berry. And not Beu-ri or Burr-ri.
  • Dengue:This disease is pronounced as Den-gee (pronunciation of ‘gee’ as in cheese). You should not pronounce it as Den-goo.
  • Dessert:It is pronounced as dizz-urt, (pronunciation of u as in sun). And not as des-ert which is a barren land.
  • Schedule:According to US English, sked-jule is the correct pronunciation for this word. According to British English, shed-yool is the correct pronunciation.
  • Zebra:According to US English. the sound of the letter ‘Z’ is ‘Zee’. So, Zee-bra. (pronunciation of ee as in tree). But according to British English, it can be Zeb-ra. (pronunciation of Zeb as in egg).
  • Niche:In US English, it can be pronounced as Nee-sh (pronunciation of Nee as in tree). But according to British English, it is pronounced as Nitch (as in switch).
  • Bowl:It is pronounced as bo-hl (pronunciation of o as in roll). Not as ba-ool which is wrong.
  • Euler:It is pronounced as Oiler. And not as Yuler/Yular which is wrong.
  • Truth:It is pronounced as troo-th (as in boo) and not tru-th.
  • Epitome:It is generally pronounced as ep-i-tome (as in foam) But the correct pronunciation is ep-i-tummy.
  • Develop:The correct pronunciation is D+vay+lupp, and not as Day+vay+lupp.
  • Pizza:The correct pronunciation is peet-zuh, (peet pronounced as in wheat). And not Pi-za.
  • Monk:It should be pronounced as muhngk as in drunk. It is often mispronounced as mawnk (mon as in Montreal).
  • Genre:The correct pronunciation is Zhon-ruh, (Zh is a sound as in vision, and ruh as in umbrella). It is often mispronounced as Jen-ner.
  • Quote:The correct pronunciation is kwo-te. It is often pronounced as coat which is wrong.
  • Sour:The correct pronunciation is sower (as in power). It is often pronounced as saar which is wrong.
  • Quinoa:The correct pronunciation is keen-wah. It is often pronounced as keenoah which is incorrect.
  • Ethyl, methyl:The correct pronunciation is A-thil, mey-thil. (thil as in hill) But these words are often pronounced as eethail, meethail (aail as in ice).
  • Porsche:The correct pronunciation is Por-shuh. It is often mispronounced as porsh.
  • Salon:It should be pronounced as sa-lon, (sa as in Apple, lon as in John) It is often pronounced as suh-loon which is incorrect.
  • Police:The correct pronunciation is Puh-leece. It is often mispronounced as Poo-leece.
  • Chauvinism:The correct pronunciation is shoh-vuh-niz-uh-m. It is mispronounced as chow-vi-ni-zum.
  • Coupon:The correct pronunciation is Koo-pon (pon as in pawn). It is often mispronounced as koo-pun (pronunciation of u as in sun).
  • Gauge:The correct pronunciation is gayj. It is often mispronounced as gauj.
  • Raspberry:The correct pronunciation is Raz-ber-ee. The fruit is often pronounced as rasp-berry which is incorrect, the P should be silent. .
  • Cocoa:It should be pronounced as koh-koh and not koh-koh-wa.
  • Capris:The correct pronunciation is Kuh-preez and not cape-reese.
  • Victuals:The correct pronunciation is vittles. It is often pronounced as vik-choo-uls which is incorrect.
  • Plumber:Its correct pronunciation is plume(r) with b silent.