CORRECTION: At number 4 I say that the TH is voiced because there is air going through the voice box. This is not entirely correct. There is always air going through the voice box when we speak. What makes a sound "voiced" is the vibration that is created when the vocal cords are tightened.
Here are 10 words I've heard non-native English-speakers frequently pronounce incorrectly. Do you say them correctly? Let me know in the comments section!
These words include: chocolate, asthma, sword, handkerchief, etc.
Click here to watch part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRsPRFs1TXU
For more English lessons, visit my channel, English with Max. All of the videos are free. These include free English vocabulary videos, English grammar videos, English pronunciation videos, English tips, and various other English lessons. This channel aims at helping people learn and improve their English - whether they have been learning English for a while or have recently started.
I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English.
Hi Luis Misael! I just wanted to thank you again for the subtitles. I only just figured out how to properly use the system of subtitle contributions 🙈 (I'm not good with computers!), so all of them are now published, even though I know you did them months ago ;-).
Hi max, I am from Bangladesh.Its wonderful lesson to me. I've been watching your lessons for quite a few days and It really helps me in my daily life. But I have some confusions with a lot of words. so lets start with nausea, genre.There are some more words I will let you know later. Thank you
I've always loved words,and love your tutorials. Wish your site had email access.I've heard a lot of various singulars and plurals of "handkerchief",and I like the British/Australian pronunciation the most (singular "EEf",with the plural ending of "EEves").The American plural ending of "IFs" is also a nice sound. Alternatively,the plural ending sound of "IVs" (like "gives"),is a nice sound too.If the silent "d'' is used,but very faintly,that sounds nice as well,but it's hard to do in a subtle way.
"Subjective" is so right.It really is a lovely word for some reason,however it's pronounced.Which version is your own favorite? "Equally as'' makes me absolutely bonkers,vs. the correct "equally",but that's a grammar thing.Hope you love James Joyce and e.e. cummings as much as l do.
Great great with for foreigners! My list of 'hard to pronounce' words include some of the sounds that are 'natural' for native speakers, like the subtle -at least subtle for me- differences in words like 'hot, hut, hat' and 'cot, cut, cat'... I'm terrified at the moment I have to say one of them since I know that only the context will make it clear...
Speaking of mispronunciations, I have a question. Where I live, a considerable number of native english speakers tend to mispronounce the word "ask" as "axe". That's axe, as in the thing you'd chop wood with. I'm curious if this is a phenomenon exclusive to just the USA, or is it equally pervasive in other english speaking countries as well?
I'm not sure about the UK, but there are definitely some people in Australia who make that mistake. Don't copy it though! Certain mistakes are sometimes considered acceptable because they are regional, and therefore are just considered part of a regional dialect/accent, but this isn't one of them ;).
thanks) love your videos! I've heard Americans say 'clothes' with 'th' silent,like 'close'.. would it be correct? I really can't do the "th" in this world... and u asked about other difficult words, well as for me - it's the word 'further'. super hard to say even Google can't understand me trying to say it... ( PS. I'm Russian)
I love your videos and I want to thank you because they are very clear for me to understand what you want to say and they are very useful indeed; respect to the video sometimes I have troubles with the pronunciation of "minute" word.
Keep on doing what you have done. Greetings! 😄 (correct me please) 🙏
Thanks very much! I'm glad they're useful :).
I love your videos and I want to thank you because they are very clear, and what you say is easy for me to understand. And they are very useful, indeed. Well done on the video. Sometimes I have troubles with the pronunciation of "minute".
Keep on doing what you have done. Greetings!
Very good, Max! I have no difficulty pronouncing these words, but they are very tricky. (They are not a piece of cake.) I remember when I was learning them, I had to check their correct pronunciation in my dictionary. By the way, I saw Frank and George behind you. I think that they were lazy to help you in your new video lesson.
*What a great samurai sword you have!
(Please correct, thanks a lot.) See you next time. Bye!
Hi Max ! I think that the two most difficult word for native portuguese idioma are rhythm and interesting , You will never hear a Portuguese or Brazilian person pronounce these two words without a strong accent.
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