20 Words You (might) Pronounce Incorrectly | #Spon

(soft music) – Hello everyone, welcome
back to English with Lucy. Today is a video that can be appropriate for both native speakers, all you people who have
English as a mother tongue, and also non-native speakers,
people who are learning English as a second or as
an additional language. It might be your third language. I know some of you are completely crazy and are on your seventh language. Comment down below and tell me
how many languages you speak. I’m going to talk to you about words that are hard to pronounce. There will be 20 words in total and it’s going to be a bit of
a tongue twister even for me. I love doing these pronunciation videos. I’ve done a couple before. I did one on commonly mispronounced words by non-native speakers, the 10 words that you might
pronounce incorrectly, which you can watch by clicking here. And also 10 words that native speakers might pronounce incorrectly as well, and you can click here
as well to see that. Yep, these videos have
been really, really popular and whenever I ask you guys what kind of videos you’d
like to see, you want to see pronunciation videos of
commonly mispronounced words. So here it is! Before we get started, this video is very kindly
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description box, don’t worry. Right, let’s get started with the video. Now the first word I want to
talk to you about is this one. How do you saw it? Go on, give it a go. (laughing) The word is choir. Choir. The next word, number two, is this one. It’s difficult because we’ve
got the er sound twice. Rural, rural. (mumbles), it doesn’t
sound nice when I say it. Rural. Now the next one, number three,
is actually a place name. It’s a county in the UK. Is Worcestershire. Worcestershire. So people want to say
Worcestershire, or Worcestershire, but it should be woosta,
woosta, Worcestershire. How do we pronounce, and that
brings me on to my next one, number four, which is this. Is it shire, is it shire, or is it shire? The answer is it can be all of them. Officially it should be shire, or shire, but a lot of people blend
the two and say shire. That’s what my family and I say. We’re from Bedfordshire. I’m living in Cambridgeshire. The next one, number
five, is prelude, prelude. A lot of people want to
say prelude, or prelude, but it should be prelude. The next one, number six,
are we on number six? Yes. The next one, number six, is a word that most
native people will know but when I was teaching Spaniards English they never knew how to pronounce it because it’s quite a complicated spelling. It’s this one. How do we say it? It’s squirrel, squirrel. And that irrel, irrel, people with Chinese as
their mother tongue, that might be a really difficult one because ir and ul often get confused. So squirrel, squirrel. Two syllables there. The next one, number seven. This one. We’ve got that er sound again. Juror, juror. Also people suffer with
the juror, er sound. Juror. It’s a very complicated mouth movement that you have to make. Er. I almost stick my chin when I say it. Juror, juror. Beautiful angle there. The next one, number eight. Spherical, spherical. It’s a very satisfying
one to say, isn’t it? Spherical. A lot of people say spherical because we have a sphere
and a sphere is spherical. But it should be eh, not ir, eh. Spherical. Number nine, this one. Frenchies, where are you,
because this one is yours. Valet, valet. But you will hear some
people saying valet, valet. That pronunciation is
accepted by some dictionaries but come on, guys. Let’s say valet. Number 10, pronunciation. (laughing) Now this one is a really common mistake. Pronunciation, how you
pronounce something. A lot of people will say pronunciation. Sometimes I get accused of
saying pronunciation in my videos but really it is just my accent. Pronunciation, nunciation. I say it so quickly and
people like to pick at me and wait for me to make a mistake because I’m meant to be
correct all the time. Number 11. This one I’ve heard so many
different pronunciations that I honestly before
researching this video didn’t know which one was right. It should be mauve, mauve. Many people will say mauve or mauve but it should be mauve. The next one, number 12. Regime, regime. Which one should it be? It should be regime. I’ve got a new regime. The next one, number 13, is this one. Now because it comes from French it should be pronounced niche with a shh, a soft shh sound at the end, unvoiced. But many people will pronounce it niche, which sounds so ugly compared to niche, which is so beautiful
and airy and breathy, and then niche. Niche? Yes, niche! The next one, number 14, is more a confusion between two words. It’s moot, moot. It’s a matter about which there may be discussion or confusion but people generally confuse it with mute, which means silent, not
speaking, not making a noise. Moot, mute. The next one, this one. You might ask for a nice beer. It’s draught. I used to work in a pub and I heard people ask for a
draught beer a couple of times, but it’s a draught, draught beer. Number 16, this one. Yes, in my lifetime I have
heard someone say albeit. Albeit? And I was thinking albeit? What do they mean? Turns out it’s albeit, albeit. The next one, and this is one
that my Italian ex-flatmate used to pronounce
incorrectly all the time. He used to say lettuce. (laughing) “Lettuce in the house!” No, it’s lettuce, lettuce. Yeah, confusing spelling there. The next one, a word that you might not
use in everyday conversation, but it’s an interesting one
because it’s such a bizarre spelling and pronunciation difference, colonel, not colonel. Colonel. Why, why? I’m sure there’s a fabulous
reason behind it, actually. (electronic notification) I just researched it. It was colonel and then colonel and that’s where the modern
pronunciation came from. Colonel, just a squashed
up version of colonel. The next one, number 19,
is another place name and this one is important
because we have GMT. I hear a lot of people saying Greenwich and I can totally understand
why you would say that, because reading it,
Greenwich, it makes sense. But no, it’s Greenwich, Greenwich. The next one, infamous. I’ve heard a couple of
people pronounce it infamous, which is incorrect. Infamous. Number 20, this one. I used to pronounce this incorrectly. This one is gauge, but it looks like it
should be pronounced gorg. But no, it’s gauge. You’re gorg, this is gauge. Gorgeous, you all look gorgeous. That’s it for today’s video. Thank you so much to Lingoda
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100 thoughts on “20 Words You (might) Pronounce Incorrectly | #Spon

  1. I even heard a US native speaker pronouncing Worcester as /wɔrˈtʃes.tər/ [war-chester].

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    Lingoda 🙄 another 😂

    Any way,

    Can you pronounces Smethwick ?! , it is one of the Uk area for those who don’t know…

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  7. I speak 4 eng, frch, creole, spanish,,, i m from Haïti. Keep it up!!!

  8. I've noticed Brits pronounce squirrel differently from the way we Americans pronounce it. We turn the two syllable word into one, pronouncing it much like one would say 'swirl,' whereas the Brits (I'm sure I'm generalizing) give the two syllables their due.

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  10. I'm South African and I speak

    sesotho(southern)mother tongue

    Can you please do a video of SPICES OR FOOD THAT MAY BE PRONOUNCED WRONG???

  11. You have a beautiful lisp when you speak. It sounds incredibly airy. Is this a part of a proper accwnt or is it just your particular mouth shape/ enunciation of words. Jurer in American Englush pronounces both r's. Some of these are very different in American English.

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  14. My english teacher pronounces success like suck-cess. It has been bothering me a lot, would I be disrespectful if I correct her?

  15. I was taking the preeliminary english exam (PET) and i said the word choir and i wasnt sure if i pronounced it right so i was a little bit scared, and thanks to you i know i pronounced the word somewhat right

  16. I can speak 5 languages.
    Korean and French on process.

  17. Please just stop teaching teaching english to people. I, myself, is a NATIVE (American) English speaker, and you are pronouncing words wrong. People in the UK say words differently then in the US. So you saying that a word is pronounced like this, is you CLAIMING that that word is the right pronunciation. please just stop cause you’re teaching it wrong. If someone wants to learn English, then they should do it from an American.

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  20. I'm just here because I saw a beautiful girl in the picture 😂

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  22. There are English words , that people pronounce correct, and some people may pronounce wrong, What is the English word that is always pronounced wrong.

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  27. You pretend to teach how to pronounce "mauve" and don't even bother to explain what "mauve" means. I can understand you, after all: it is such an useless word for an english learner.
    You just looked up on the dictionary to find "strange" words to make a video.

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