November 6, 2013

How Do You Pronounce These Six Words?

Monster Boxes! "Purple Startle"
Photo credit: kellyhogaboom on Flickr.
We found this article written by Maeve Maddox and she was discussing the 50 Incorrect Pronunciations That You Should Avoid. Notable for Coach Jon and I were these six words because we've heard their mispronounced versions many times during conversations or on local TV.

Here are the 6 words, together with Ms. Maddox's tips:


This word shouldn't be pronounced / ay-his /. The ae in this word is rather pronounced / ee /. Therefore, it should be / EE-JIS /.


Anyways is not correct. The word is anyway.


Coach Jon usually sees this word when technology websites talk about processors (CPUs). The word is pronounced as / KASH /. He remembers this because many years ago, he said / ka-shay /.


/ Nitch / is not correct. / NEESH / is the correct one.


This should be / PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION /, not / pro-nounce-i-a-tion /.


This one we hear often. When people say this word, we hear / vee-Hikl /. If you want to say this correctly, try / VEE-IKL /.

We know there are other difficult words out there. The good thing is that there are dictionary apps that could guide us with pronunciation. Let's make use of them. Who knows, improving your pronunciation could play a deciding factor in your quest for a high band score in Speaking.

Hat tip to Maeve Maddox, for sharing these helpful reminders. Head on over to Daily Writing Tips for more information about grammar, writing, and the English language.