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How to pronounce iron, irony & ironic (UK & US) | English Pronunciation |

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Learn how to pronounce iron, irony and ironic correctly! Click "CC" for subtitles. For American pronunciation of iron: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/iron 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. Stalk me: https://www.facebook.com/EnglishWithMax https://twitter.com/EnglishWithMax https://www.instagram.com/englishwithmax/
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English with Max (1 year ago)
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jorge monk (1 year ago)
I miss you
Redwan Khattab (1 month ago)
Thank you very much
فيصل العبلان (3 months ago)
Thank you I see you every doy in my mobail
MohamedMohsen Diab (3 months ago)
I have learnt alot from your lessons ..thanks alot ..you are so beautiful
English with Max (3 months ago)
I'm very glad they help!
sexobscura (4 months ago)
*IRONICAL*
adolph Hitler Jr. (5 months ago)
I'm on here because I googled "why is irony so mispronounced?" I'm in America and I hear people usually say "irony" like the way we pronounce "iron": they say it like (i-yearn-ee). I don't understand why so many Americans can't get it right. They say "ironic" correctly (i-ron-ick) but not "irony", which is from the same base word, but somehow think it's pronounced like "iron". Probably one of the most mispronounced words I hear after "often" - yes, world...it is pronounced (aw-fun)...the "t" is silent. We Americans are so stupid (don't worry rest of the world, I'm sure you're all stupid too, just probably not as much as us Americans).
English with Max (5 months ago)
Ooh, I didn't realise that Americans sometimes said "irony" like that. We Australians often get things wrong too... Btw, maybe it's not considered correct in the US, but "often" can be pronounced with the T in British English: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/often?q=often
rahul d (6 months ago)
What did Americans earn in iron
riyad hadez (7 months ago)
hello thanks for lesson what do u call in english the voice u made in the beginning of utube then at the end? thank u from iraq
English with Max (7 months ago)
Hello! Are you talking about the bloopers (mistakes)? The sound I made with my tongue sticking out is called a raspberry :).
king happy (7 months ago)
Oh, my God, you are so fucking beautiful
Rohit Paul (8 months ago)
Plz make a video about pronunciation Architect☺️
English with Max (8 months ago)
I've added it to the list :). (Btw, a more polite way to ask is: Could you please make a video on the pronunciation of architect?) 😉
V&S Electro Music (8 months ago)
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Rebinmmibrahim Ibrahim (9 months ago)
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Rutger Birnie (10 months ago)
Nice video!
aimanno everyday English (11 months ago)
Thanks for your efforts.
English with Max (11 months ago)
Thanks again! :)
emilio campagnoli (11 months ago)
cool video XDXD
English with Max (11 months ago)
I'm glad you like it :).
Long Nguyen (1 year ago)
Lovely Max
Amin M (1 year ago)
Hope Frank is happy now, i did subscribed 🙂 FYI, i am in hotel right now and i was asking for it pronouncing light r before the O, the poor room service couldn't understand,,, watched this and called again and its on the way 🤓 So thank you
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks for your subscribing! I'm so glad this helped in a real life situation! lol :)
Lumarini (1 year ago)
I am Brazilian and I know many of us would probably mispronounce this one. But for me the hardest one is annihilation ... that's in my opinion the toughest one. Not so hard once you get to know it but it took me a while to figure that one out.
English with Max (1 year ago)
That is definitely a tough one! I even had to say it aloud a couple of times to get it right when I read your message ;).
Claudio Banks (1 year ago)
Do you believe in love at firt sight?
English with Max (1 year ago)
Not really ;)
Tiong Ching (1 year ago)
You're the most beautiful English teacher in the world, a stunner, very attractive I would say, viewing your lessons can be so enjoyable.
English with Max (1 year ago)
That's sweet of you :)
5Dale65 (1 year ago)
Eye-urn? Like Eyer-land (Ireland) ? So "iren" perhaps? That's mad :P I'm going to still pronounce it eye-run, instead of eye-urn :P
English with Max (1 year ago)
Suit yourself!
bhj (1 year ago)
then what would be iron man called..ion man haha????
English with Max (1 year ago)
In British English, yes :).
bhj (1 year ago)
plz reply.....
Thomas Schmitt (1 year ago)
I dont find it confusing, but you just have to know it. I didnt know that for a long time so i was really surprised that you dont say the r and i guess that 95% of germans dont know how to pronounce it correctly.
SREEKUTTAN RS (1 year ago)
hello max, could you please make a video about question tags..
English with Max (1 year ago)
I'll add that to the list too ;).
SREEKUTTAN RS (1 year ago)
hi max , how do we pronounce "fantastic"?
English with Max (1 year ago)
https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/fantastic 😉
Adam Biryło (1 year ago)
hm, the pronunciation iron means eggs in germany Eiern.. mit Eiern - with eggs
Adam Biryło (1 year ago)
mit den Eiern, aber
Thomas Schmitt (1 year ago)
Plural of Ei is not Eiern, but Eier. das Ei, die Eier But there are forms when you write it with n like the way you said: with eggs / mit Eiern
English with Max (1 year ago)
Haha, yes, that's true, I hadn't thought of that!
Washington França (1 year ago)
thank you amazing trip aways amaizing
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks!
EmeritusE (1 year ago)
In the states, pronunciation of that particular word tends to vary with geography. The link you shared is a good example of a northern expression. You personal american example was very much like a mid-west and slightly southern expression. When you get into the deep deep south, iron is pronounced like something most akin to "earn". =)
English with Max (1 year ago)
Yes, it's amazing how much accents vary in the US and the UK - unfortunately I can't include them all in each video! They're a bit more homogenous in Australia ;).
aboubakar abdelaziz (1 year ago)
very wellllllllllllll
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thank you :)
Mohammad Kashef (1 year ago)
awesome , I love your videos . You are Great
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks, Mohammad!
Felipe 001 (1 year ago)
Thanks for the videos! I want to learn English, and I'll follow your channel. Do you plan to open a language school one day? Here in São Paulo - Brazil there are great working conditions! I wish you much success!
English with Max (1 year ago)
Thanks very much, Felipe :). I would like to either open a language school or have a website with resources one day. But for the moment I'll probably stay in Australia! I've spent many years abroad.
Onder Erbak (1 year ago)
natural Max, thanks, from Turkey
English with Max (1 year ago)
My pleasure!
Great job, Max and Frank! (George was so shy behind you.) It was nice to see you again. These words are quite confusing. I didn't know the difference between the American and the British pronunciation of the word "Iron", the British pronunciation with no "R" sound. That's interesting. Until next time. I hope everything is OK in Coffs Harbour. Take care! (Please correct, thanks a lot.)
Thanks. You too!
English with Max (1 year ago)
Hi Julio! Thanks a lot :). Only one minor correction. I would put this in parentheses: (the British pronunciation with no "R" sound.) But that's just my opinion ;). Have a great day!
Cristiano Sousa (1 year ago)
Hi Max ! are you right ? Is the English language just bursting with logic ? Look at these exemple . Iron in portuguese is FERRO . The chemical element symbol is FE . Hand in portuguese is MÃO , when you make a job with your hands call it Manual . Moon in portuguese is LUA . Your period in other place is also called LUNAR , right ? Year , in portuguese is ANO , if you have to pay tax , you call it, anual tax . There is many , many other words that comes from latin , but the founders of the english language do not choose them as principal ( principal in port. is PRINCIPAL ) Maybe out of prejudice or, who knows, too much zeal in the purification of the Saxon. By ! Have a good sunday !
English with Max (1 year ago)
Haha, don't worry, I was being very sarcastic! English is a mess ;). I started learning Portuguese, but I stopped because I was also learning Italian, and I kept mixing them up... I speak Spanish though, so I understand a lot of written Portuguese, and those words are very similar in Spanish :). Latin-based languages are definitely much more logical!
Akash Kumar (1 year ago)
please make more and more video. you give practical approach to english. its helpful....
English with Max (1 year ago)
I'm glad they're helpful :). There should be a new one in a few days!
knik3 (1 year ago)
So how to pronounce "iron ion"?
English with Max (1 year ago)
👍
knik3 (1 year ago)
Ah, now I get it. Thanks!
English with Max (1 year ago)
In British English some people pronounce "ion" the same way as "iron", but some people pronounce the "o". I believe Americans always pronounce the "o": https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/ion_1?q=ion
Wilfried Mathias (1 year ago)
Thank you for this clarification Max! I emphasized the letter r in the word iron before.
English with Max (1 year ago)
Glad it helped! :)
porrymanX (1 year ago)
Thanks for the lesson
English with Max (1 year ago)
My pleasure!
thats why I will be learning English for ages xD
English with Max (1 year ago)
Well, there are very few people who actually attain the level of a native speaker, and even the ones who do take many many years to get there (normally 10-20 ;)). But the fact remains that you won't improve just by being in a country - you have to make an effort! And yes, in general Americans are very friendly :).
I've just got up and decided to read you comment first, well...there is nothing what I would like to add but you inspired me again ^_^ I've never understood those people how live in America or somewhere else and they can't speak like a native speaker O_O I would ask them, what were you doing all the time, I suppose you wasted your time. First of all what I would do is to get friend I think it wouldn't be difficutl because as I know they are hospitable enough =) And they smile at you all the time) and I know they won't refuse to help you. Btw Max if you saw a video where our Russian guy was figuring out in which country people will help you if you have a headache or stomach ache, and as you might guessed in America people were more polite to him. Then our internet was exploded because our people stated it was a fake and indeed we are better then they. I don't like when America is blamed by my country, there are lots of people who think bad about America if you say that you learn English or you like speaking with your foreign friends you'll hear HEY ARE YOU A SPY?HUH? certainly I ask my gf about English grammar and about how does she think to say this sentence. I imply how to get my idea across. But I often talk to my friend from Great Britain and I as said he also chews something xD but despite it I'm getting used to his speech, I also ask him why did he say this word exactly, because I know the other 2 and he explines me) lately he explined me whats the difference between - put up with and reconcile 'cause I didn't know whats the difference)
English with Max (1 year ago)
It's very true. Learning a language is a bit like exercise/sport - many people want a quick fix, and don't want to put the effort in ;). Yes, I get very annoyed when I see language programmes like that too. It's pure marketing! And don't worry about your level. If you've only been learning for three years and you've never lived in an English-speaking country, you're doing very well! Even people who have lived in English-speaking countries sometimes don't get above a low-intermediate level. From your writing, I'd say you're close to upper-intermediate (but you have to take listening, speaking, etc. into account as well to give an accurate assessment). It's also very normal to "stagnate" once you get to an intermediate level. You improve very quickly in the beginning, but getting to upper intermediate or advanced takes a lot more time and work. Just keep working at it ;). But you're lucky if you have an English girlfriend! If she doesn't mind, ask her to correct you. Yes, I drink tea, but only once or twice a day :).
Hm, I got your point Max) I have already known that everything depends on lots of factors. I asked this question because in my country I often see videos what named ( How to learn English in 3 months ) And the thins is that people spend their money on this shit, sometimes it costs a great deal of money O_O Briefly speaking they are frauds and actually they won't help you they'll give you a hope that it's real to learn English within a short period of time but in fact it isn't so. And Also second of all people complain that they lack free time and in consequence of it the length of videos is 15 or 10 minutes and I look at this shit and say ( are you kidding me ) thinks yourself what can we learn in 15 minutes, alphabet? People want rapid progress but in fact they forget that it takes more time than they think. And a few words about me, I'm 23) and you said what lvl I wanna reach, Actually I'd like to achieve upper intermediate. Just I've already achieved that lvl to communicate with people from other countires but my problem is I have to talk about everything, science, biology etc) And from time to time I have thouhgts that I'm stuck, and I can't move O_O I got bored of this thought =( I do want to improve my English, I want to watch movies in the original or read all books) if compare my Language and English at least there are 4 or 5 differences, tenses, articles, and also wanna point out that one word can has lots of meaning - I think it's the main fact, because of it I can't break down the language barrier, what else...well... and also how to form a sentence Subject + verb etc. I've just thought how fast would've I learnt English if you were my teacher. Thanks again Max, I appreciate your help) Have a nice day. Btw wanna ask you, do you like tea?) I mean in general, how often do you drink it?)
English with Max (1 year ago)
Yes, that's why I say that my pronunciation is close to British pronunciation - my accent is different, but the pronunciation is definitely closer to British than American ;). I started learning German when I was a teenager, and then I lived in Germany for a year in my early-twenties, but my "learning" has been sporadic since then. It's definitely easier to learn another language if you've learnt another one! But as to how long it takes... It depends on many things: how different the language is compared to your native language or other languages you already know, the amount of time you spend on it, your environment, how old you are, among others. And it also depends on what level you want to reach! A nice day (or night) to you too!
L. McClane (1 year ago)
Coming from an American, your American pronunciation was pretty spot on :) Also what was the kid noise, it sounded like it was dying
English with Max (1 year ago)
Why thank you :). Haha, no idea - just a neighbour's kid shrieking, I think.

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