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How To Pro­nounce Eng­lish- Audio Train­ing-A com­mon Mis­take

A com­mon mis­take peo­ple make when they're learn­ing how to pro­nounce Eng­lish words, is to always pro­nounce words as they are writ­ten. There are lots of lan­guages where how a word is writ­ten is how you you say it. Not so with Eng­lish.

About 80% of words in Eng­lish can be pro­nounced more or less as they are writ­ten -though it feels like less! In this audio train­ing you will learn how to pro­nounce Eng­lish for a spe­cif­ic set of words that fall into the 20% of words that aren't said how they look.

Specif­i­cal­ly, I'm talk­ing about  how to pro­nounce Eng­lish words that are spelt with the ‘o' let­ter and where the ‘o' says the short ‘u' /ʌ/ sound.

Often the com­mon mis­take peo­ple make is to pro­nounce the ‘o' as ‘o' instead of notic­ing that native Eng­lish speak­ers pro­nounce it as a short ‘u' sound in par­tic­u­lar words.   I have pre­pared a train­ing les­son for you below so you can pro­nounce them cor­rect­ly in Eng­lish. In this free audio les­son I will also dis­cuss the dif­fer­ences between the Aus­tralian accent, the British accent and the Amer­i­can accent.

Audio Train­ing


How To Pro­nounce Eng­lish – words when the ‘o' let­ter says short ‘u'

com­pa­ny, love, glove, some, done, come, month, com­fort­able, oven, cov­er, gov­ern­ment, oth­er, anoth­er, Mon­day, above, dis­cov­er­ing, won­der , wor­ry.

Prac­tise sen­tences

1)There's anoth­er merg­er deal on the table for my com­pa­ny com­ing up next month.

2)He doesn't feel com­fort­able on that oth­er chair.

3)I won­der why she's wor­ried about the meet­ing on Mon­day?

4)I found some­thing above the cov­er on anoth­er shelf.

5)Some gov­ern­ment elec­tions will be on next month.

6)Love your new gloves!

7)I keep dis­cov­er­ing new fea­tures on this oven.


You might have only been in an Eng­lish speak­ing envi­ron­ment for a short time and are just learn­ing how to pro­nounce Eng­lish word. You might have been in an Eng­lish speak­ing set­ting for many years, and have decid­ed to upgrade your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion to be clear­er. Either way, you need to keep lis­ten­ing to how  native Eng­lish speak­ers pro­nounce cer­tain words. Often, Eng­lish learn­ers just use how the word is writ­ten. Make it a habit every  day to pick a time when some­one is speak­ing to you, and LISTEN if they have pro­nounced a word dif­fer­ent­ly to what you nor­mal­ly pro­nounce it. 

Then prac­tise it in sen­tences at home till you get the hang of it, so you can use the new pro­nun­ci­a­tion with oth­ers. Build up word by word and you'll notice how much eas­i­er it is for peo­ple to under­stand you.

Don't for­get. Whether you have been speak­ing Eng­lish for a long time or just a bit, keep lis­ten­ing and notic­ing if peo­ple around you are pro­nounc­ing cer­tain words dif­fer­ent­ly from you.

Best wish­es, Esther


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