When you begin accent reduction training you may be perplexed by the fact that many English words are not spelled phonetically. Moreover, English is filled with homophones, or two words that sound alike but have divergent spellings and meanings, such as meet and meat. Although you may wish to focus on how native speakers pronounce their words before seeing how they are transcribed in print, this can send contradictory messages. This is because there are common everyday English words that native speakers mispronounce on a regular basis without even knowing which portion of the word or phrase is being consistently mispronounced.
A word you mispronounce while having a casual conversation in English will not keep you from being understood, but should you mispronounce this particular word in a business setting you run the risk of drawing undue attention to your accent. Take steps toward avoiding this situation by reviewing the following examples.
Ironically, the English word “pronunciation” is very difficult for a lot of non-native speakers to pronounce. Many pronounce it like “pro-nounce-iation.” They mispronounce the middle syllable of this word as “nounce” instead of “nunce.”
Many non-native speakers pronounce “probably” as “prolly” or “probly”, omitting the