Learn to Speak English- Frequently Mispronounced Words: Places
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 Yosemite
IPA Spelling Pronunciation Guide: /yoʊˈsɛm ɪ ti/
Definition: This commonly mispronounced word is the name of a valley in California, which is part of a national park with the same name.
Why it is Difficult: What could be causing the confusion here is the presence of the ‘e’ both at the end and at the middle, often prompting people to pronounce it as