Learn to Speak English: Mispronounced Words-Food
Business professionals and others who speak English as a second language (ESL) know that when speaking, they are likely to be judged by strangers for speaking American English with an accent. Any advantage an ESL speaker can find as they learn to speak English will help in establishing credibility.
Pronunciation is one area that can be significantly refined. Unfortunately, there are many words in the English language that are mispronounced by both native English speakers and foreign English speakers, many times without the individual being aware of the inaccuracy. These mispronunciations have become commonplace, but our blog may be able to help some individuals make some positive changes.
Below you will find a few commonly mispronounced words picked by our clients at Accent Pros. The example is linked to dictonary.com and includes an easy to understand representation of how the word is supposed to be pronounced using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). We also provided a second explanation using a spelling pronunciation guide. If you want to hear how the word is pronounced, simply click on any of the given words and you will be redirected to dictionary.com where an audio version of the correct pronunciation is provided.
Learn to Speak English 1 Buffet
Spelling Pronunciation Guide: buf-fay
IPA Pronunciation Guide: /bʌ fe/
Example: Third example for buffet– Buffet
Definition: Buffet as in smorgasbord of food. It’s when food and drinks are laid out in a table or counter where guests or diners can serve themselves.
Why it is difficult: Often, people get confused in differentiating the word – if it’s associated with striking or hitting someone or if it’s the one associated with food. When you use “buffet” as in to describe striking someone with your fist, the “t” at the end is pronounced