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      Getting Pronunciation Corrected

      It is defined as the way a word or a language is spoken or the way in which someone utters a word. It varies from person to person.

      In this chapter we will study the pronunciation of some difficult English words.

      Note:

      1. To get the pronunciation of words correctly, you need to emphasize the syllable given in capitals just by raising the pitch of your voice.
      2. AE – vowel sound in words like cat, pad, mad, etc.
      3. AW – sound in words like tall, fall, mall, etc.
      4. QU – KW (all words with QU are pronounced with rounded lips) sound in words like quick, query, etc.
      5. ZH – sound of letter ‘s’ in words like vision, measure, pleasure, etc.
      6. C or K – both ‘c’ and ‘k’ have the same sound as that of ‘k’ except when it is followed by h (ch).
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      1.Addressspeak to, deal withEd-rssADD-ress OR a-DRESS (not ED-ress)
      2.AdjustablechangeableED-jus-t-bla-JUST-tb-bl

       

       

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      3.AlternativesubstituteALL-ter-nay-tiveAll-TER-nt-iv
      4.AnnihilatedestroyAN-hil-atea-NIGHT-a-late (nigh sounds like bye)
      5.AppreciationadmireEP-ree-say-shna-pree-cee-AY-shn
      6.AtmosphereambianceEt-MOS-fairAT-ms-fere
      7.BeigeLight brownBeejBayzh (sound of zh in vision)
      8.BenigngentleBin-IGNBin-NINE
      9.Bougainvilleaa plant with purple or red flowers thatBO-gn-vill-yaaBoo-gn-VILL-eea
      10.BureaucracyadministrationBYOO-ro-crass-eeByoo-ROC-r-see
      11.CatastrophecalamityKAT-ass-trofeKt-ASS-tr-fee
      12.Chameleona small type of lizard that changes colour to match the colours around itKEM-eel-yunKm-EEL-yn

       

       

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      13.CharacteristicfeatureKREK-tris-ticKae-rek-ter-IS-tic (KAE like the ‘ca’ in carry)
      14.ChauffeurOne who drives a private carSHAW-ferShow-FER (fer sounds like her)
      15.ClientelecustomersCLINE-tellCLAA-ynt-tell
      16.ConnoisseurexpertCn-O-sercon-a-SER (sir sounds lik her)
      17.Curriculumset of coursesCUR-ik-you-lumkr-IK-you-lum
      18.Deficiencylack, shortageDef-ish-EN-seedf-FISH-n-see
      19.DeliberatelypurposelyDEM-ib-rate-leedl-LIB-rt-lee
      20.DemonstrationRevealdim-ON-stray-shndem-mn-STRAY-shn
      21.Development DEV-a-lup-mentdiv-EL-lp-mnt
      22.DessertSweet food eaten at the end of a mealDEZ-ertDiz-ERT
      23.Doughmixture of flour and waterDowdoe (sounds like so) draft

       

       

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      24.Draughtmovement of airdroughtdraft
      25.DynamismenthusiasmDIE-n-mismdie-NAM-ism
      26.Ecstasydelightik-STAA-seeEk-st-see (ek sounds like neck, st as in stamp)
      27.ElitePrivilegedel-LITEel-LEET
      28.EndeavorattemptEN-dv-erEn-DEV-er
      29.EnvelopeCoveren-VEL-lpEN-vl-lope or on-vl-lope
      30.Epiphanymoment when one suddenly realizes something importantEP-if-anyep-PIF-fn-ee
      31.EspionagespyingES-pyo-nageES-pyo-naazh (zhsounds like ‘s’ in vision)
      32.ExaggerateoverstateEG-zaj-er-ateeg-ZAJ-er-ate
      33.ExecutivemanagerialEg-Z-KYOO-tiveg-ZEK-a-tiv
      34.ExhilarateexciteEG-zil-rateeg-ZIL-er-ate

       

       

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      35.Façadefront elevationFAK-ade fs-ETFs-SAAD FAS-et (fas rhymes with gas)
      36.FinesseskillFINE-essfin-ESS
      37.Fortestrong pointfortfor-TAY
      38.GaugemeasureGojGaje (sounds like page)
      39.GrandeurmagnificenceGRAND-erGRAN-jer
      40.Guinea pigexperimental subjectgin-NEE-a pigGIN-ee-pig (gin with a ‘g’ sound, not jin)
      41.HeredityinheritanceHARE-id-it-eehr-ED-it-tee
      42.Hostelboarding houseHOSE-telHOSS-tl (HOSS sounds like boss)
      43.Hovercraftvehicle that rides over water by blowing air

       

      HO-ver-craftHOVE-er-craft (hve sounds lik love)
      44.Immediatelyat onceIM-me-jyet-leeim-ME-jt-lee
      45.Individualpersonin-dee-VEE-jualin-d-VIj-jual
      46.Initiativeplanin-ee-SHYATE-ivin-ISH-a-tiv

       

       

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      47.Interimprovisionalin-TARE-imIN-ter-im (ter sounds like her)
      48.Interrogativeprobingin-TARE-o-gate-ivIn-ter-OG-a-tive (og sounds like dog)
      49.IntuitioninstinctIn-TYOO-shnin-tyoo-ISH-shn
      50.JewelryornamentsJWEL-a-reeJOO-wl-ree
      51.Lethargyexhaustionlith-AR-jeeLETH-er-jee (leth sounds like Beth)
      52.Lettucesalad vegetable with large thin green leavesLET-youceLET-ts
      53.LiaisonconnectionLIE-znLEE-ay-zon
      54.Mayonnaisethick sauce made from eggs and oilMYO-neezMAY-a-neez, MAY-a-naze (both acceptable)
      55.NauseasicknessNO-see-aNAW-zee-a, NAW-see-a (both acceptable)
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      56.Nichefortenichneesh
      57.NuisanceannoyanceNWEE-senseNEW-snce
      58.Opportunitychancea-PAWR-chun-i-teeaw-per-CHOO-n-ty (awper sounds like copper)
      59.Orchida type of flower with unusual shape and a sweet smellOR-chidOR-kid
      60.Pacifyappease, calmPAS-i-fyPA-si-fy
      61.Pedestalpodiumpd-ES-tlPED-ds-tl
      62.PersonnelworkforcePER-snalper-sn-NELL
      63.Pervertdistortper-VERTPER-vert
      64.PhenomenonoccurrenceFEN-o-min-unfen-AW-min-un, fen-AW-min-on (both acceptable)
      65.Phlegmability to be calm and dangerous in dangerous situationFlegmFlem

       

       

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      66.Picturesquepleasingpic-cher-ES-kyoopic-cher-ESK
      67.PoignantdistressingPOYG-nuntPOY-nyunt
      68.PronunciationaccentPro-NOUN-see-ay-shnpr-nun-see-AY-shn
      69.Psycheawarenesssike (sounds like bike)SIE-kee (sie sounds like bye)
      70.Radarsystem that uses radio signals for finding objectra-DAARRAY-dar
      71.RealmKingdom, monarchyREL-lmRELM
      72.RefugeshelterRi-FUGEREF-uge
      73.Refugeeperson in exilerif-YOU-jeeRef-u-GEE
      74.RehabilitateregenerateRe-HEB-li-tateree-hb-IL-a-tate
      75.RendezvousmeetingREN-des-vaausRON-day-voo
      76.RepresentativespokespersonRip-pr-zen-TAY-tivRep-r-ZEN-t-tiv
      77.Scheduleto-do listShed-YOOLSHED-yool, SCEJ-yool
      78.Schizophrenia a serious mental illnessSKEE-zo-fee-nyaaSkit-zo-FREEN-ya
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      79.Seweragepipes and passages that carry sewageSvee-er-ageSoo-er-ij
      80.SilhouetteoutlineSIL-hoo-etSil-oo-ET
      81.SouvenirreminderSOOV-nearSoo-v-NEE-er
      82.Spaghettia type of pastaSPEG-a-teeSp-GET-ee
      83.SuavepoliteswayveSwaav
      84.Suedeleather with a soft brushes surfacesweedSwayed
      85.Suicideaction of deliberately killing yourselfSWEE-sideSOO-a-side
      86.SuitecollectionSOO-itsweet
      87.Syllablepart of word with one vowel soundsil-AB-blSIL-a-bl
      88.Tatoopermanent picture drawn on skin using needleTAT-ootat-OO
      89.TriumphantvictoriousTRYM-fntTry-UM-fnt

       

       

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      90.Turquoisebright green-blue colorter-KWOYZTER-koyz
      91.WanderroamWAENDerWAWND-er
      92.WearytiredWare-eeWE-a-ree
      93.Wednesdayday of the weekVED-ns-dayWENZ-day
      94.WonderdoubtWAWND-erONE-der
      95.Wormyoung insectwarmwerm