Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Of Words With ‘ous’ At The End. Audio les­son.


I’ve had sev­er­al stu­dents ask me how to pro­nounce Eng­lish words with the com­mon end­ing ‘ous’, so I thought I would make an audio les­son for you to prac­tise with.

Don’t for­get that most words that have ‘ous’ at the end are words of more than one syl­la­ble, and the audio les­son also gives you an oppor­tu­ni­ty to prac­tise your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion of mul­ti­syl­lab­ic words and cor­rect stress pat­terns.

The ‘ous’ end­ing is a de-stressed syl­la­ble and is pro­nounced as /əs /. The ‘ou’ says the schwa sound.

While you prac­tise with me, be con­scious of the fol­low­ing impor­tant things in your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion:

  • Pay atten­tion to which syl­la­bles are stressed. In the stressed syl­la­ble the vow­el is said clear­ly. In the unstressed syl­la­bles the vow­el is active­ly de- stressed and made to sound like a schwa sound. Like a short­ened ‘u’ sound.
  • When I say the word in a sen­tence, pay atten­tion to which words are the stressed words. The words that are said slight­ly more loud­ly and with a slight­ly high­er pitch. The words that are empha­sised. Copy the Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion exact­ly, and prac­tise lis­ten­ing for which words are the stressed ones in the sen­tences. These con­vey the main mean­ing of what you are say­ing.
  • Lis­ten for Eng­lish into­na­tion and rhythm as well. Copy me when I make a slight pause, or when I go up in pitch slight­ly, or if I make a vow­el slight­ly longer than nor­mal for empha­sis.


Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion of words with ‘ous’ at the end:

Con­scious, con­tin­u­ous, deli­cious, mali­cious, seri­ous, enor­mous, anx­ious, obvi­ous, anony­mous, pros­per­ous, pres­ti­gious, spon­ta­neous.



He was con­scious­ly and con­tin­u­ous­ly pay­ing atten­tion to the road as he drove.

The enor­mous burg­er was deli­cious.

It was obvi­ous she was try­ing to be seri­ous about the prob­lem.

The anony­mous tex­ter was mali­cious.

When he won the pres­ti­gious prize he became pros­per­ous as well.

She was anx­ious that they might pay her a spon­ta­neous vis­it.


To learn about Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion of long words that end in the com­mon end­ing ‘tion’, click here

Best wish­es, Esther



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