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How To Pro­nounce 10 Dif­fi­cult Eng­lish Words- Audio Les­son

I have had some requests from stu­dents to help them pro­nounce cer­tain dif­fi­cult Eng­lish words, and I thought I would share them with you as well.

It’s impor­tant to attune your ear to hear which syl­la­bles in longer Eng­lish words are said as the weak form or de- stressed and which syl­la­bles are said as the strong form or stressed. As I have said before, Eng­lish lis­ten­ers lis­ten for the stressed syl­la­bles in words to help them make mean­ing of what is said, and so they can under­stand what is being said clear­ly. This is also real­ly impor­tant to sound flow­ing and nat­ur­al when you speak Eng­lish.

You need to active­ly de- stress the vow­el in the unstressed syl­la­bles in dif­fi­cult Eng­lish words, and put a schwa vow­el /ə/ in.

Audio les­son (Aus­tralian and British word stress- make sure you are using your British vow­els as well)

Audio les­son ( U.S. pro­nun­ci­a­tion)

 

Dif­fi­cult Eng­lish Words

1) immensly

Aus­tralian  ɪˈmɛnsli      U.S.  ɪˈmɛnsli

2) oppor­tu­ni­ty

   Aus­tralian ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪti   U.S.  ˌɑpərˈ­tunəti

3) aver­age

Aus­tralian    ˈævərɪʤ        U.S.  ˈævərɪʤ

4) require­ment

Aus­tralian   rɪˈk­waɪəmənt     U.S. rɪˈk­waɪr­mənt

5) depar­ture

Aus­tralian   dɪˈpɑːʧə      U.S. dɪˈpɑrʧər

6) enti­tle­ment

Aus­tralian   ɪnˈ­taɪtlmənt     U.S.  ɛnˈ­taɪtəlmənt

7)  con­di­tion

Aus­tralian  kənˈdɪʃən          U.S.  kənˈdɪʃən

8) usu­al

Aus­tralian    ˈjuːʒʊəl             U.S. ˈjuʒəwəl

9) sur­pris­ing­ly

Aus­tralian    səˈpraɪzɪŋli        U.S.  sərˈpraɪzɪŋli

10) cer­tifi­cate 

Aus­tralian     səˈtɪfɪkɪt          U.S. sərˈtɪfɪkət

 

Best wish­es, Esther

 

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