English Words Americans Mispronounce ❌ Difficult English Words | Common Mistakes

English Words Americans Mispronounce ❌ Difficult English Words | Common Mistakes

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  2. Great, I didn't learn anything here. English isn't even my mother tongue but I still know how to pronounce all these words that aren't even English to begin with…

  3. Awry. I would hear it correctly even and never connected it with the word I was mispronouncing in my head when reading it. AWE-ree / uh-RI

  4. Mischievous and triathalon but I think I'm going to keep saying those thing wrong you "live life on the edge, live a little" lol

  5. Hi Rachel, I might have heard it wrong at 13:22, but did you say the word "presentation" as /ˌpriz.ɛnˈteɪ.ʃən/? Is it more common to read as /ˌprez.ənˈteɪ.ʃən/ or your way? Let me know. Thanks!

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  7. A lot of these words sound different to their spelling because they originate in countries other than England. Cognac is French, also "ch" is pronounced "sh" in French and many English words come from France.

  8. After the first French word I couldn't even continue. Everyone's a teacher or a vocal coach on YouTube! It's so annoying!

  9. There are some words that even Rachel writes incorrectly!
    In this case it would be correct to write "Words you're saying wrongly" She MUST use the adverb 'wrongly' rather than the adjective 'wrong' IF she wishes to write correctly.

  10. Fascinating video. I mispronounced panache for the longest time because I'd only read the word in books. I would pronounce the "ch" as a k sound. I also would like to hear how you properly pronounce foliage if you have the chance!

  11. English and Chinese….180 degrees apart in sound and writing
    Thank you to the people on both sides who try to bridge the gap.

  12. A common one I hear Americans tourists mis-pronounce in Sydney is 'Quay' (as in 'Circular Quay' a prominent spot/train station/ferry wharf in Sydney near the Opera House). Most say 'Kway', instead of 'Key".

  13. Wow this is really cool. man ive pronounced alot of word wrong and suprisingly some really hard right. Im from sweden btw so my grammar and spelling might be bad

  14. My Dad knew darn well how to spell and pronounce “echelon,” and I learned it from him. It is a common military term describing troop movements..I first learned the word from his accounts of his World War II Army experience in the Pacific.

  15. I have also thought some words are being misproniunced BUT to my surprise other NATIVE English speakers DO INDEED pronounce it correctly but different from wjat I had llearned.

  16. She says scrunchies are [in] vogue….its en vogue – not even an English language word. If you're an aspiring know-it-all you need to do your homework.

  17. Nearly right. Schedule is not sked its actually (shed-ule) no k involved at all.
    There is no such word as Aloominum, its actually Aluminium, in English.
    Mischievous is pronounced (miss-chievous) pause after miss and add chievous on the end.
    The American habit of saying baddery instead of baTTery is so annoying. My surname is Potter, but Americans say Podder, it is so annoying.
    Also, solder is not sodder, you tend to miss the L out, its pronounced (Sol-der). Just helping out.!!

  18. If I may presume to offer a correction in your introduction, a common mistake, even among the well educated: "when someone uses", you followed with the plural pronoun "they", where the pronoun "he" is correct.

  19. English happens to be my third language, still I was knowing about 90 percent of these words. I wonder how natives can go wrong with them 🤔🤔

  20. Excellent.

    One of my pet hates, in American and Australian English is to drop the “h” sound in herb, thus pronouncing it erb. That is the French pronunciation of the French word. The English word, derived from the French is “Herb” not “Erb”.
    Some people I know think it sounds sophisticated, but to me and many others who know how to pronounce it properly it just sounds ignorant, I try my best not to giggle and go into a Monty Python-esque “outrageous French accent”, A la Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    My other pet peeve is waters, order takers, wait staff, what ever you wish to call them, who say “what are We, having tonight?” This happens a lot in Australia, and it drives me crazy. They are trying to join the group of diners.
    I love hospitality folks, and have worked in the industry several times, but they are working and “We”, as in me and my guests are the in the group of Diners… they are not.
    Another is “how were “our” entrees? I feel like replying, “my wife and I Enjoyed “our” entrees, I didn’t realise “you” were eating an entree as well. Are you allowed to eat the restaurant food when you are on duty?” Of course I don’t say anything…I just sit there stewing.
    The price of British reserve. Besides, there is lots to get upset about these days, this stuff seems less important that Embarrassing, belittling, and, or, offending some one over.

    Still, lit gets my goat” & “cheeses me off”… I wonder were those tow come from?
    Loved the video. Love your work. I’ll be watching TimC.

  21. Some of these involve acceptable variations… A slight "uh" in triathlon is very common to the point of being acceptable in common speech, and while "COG-knack" is definitely weird, you say the "cone" in cognac is correct, but "CON-yack" isn't that contentious. I mean, not every English speaker has the perfect General American broadcast accent. Sometimes worcestershire gets pronounced "worster-shur" rather than "wooster." Similarly sometimes wash or Washington get a "worsh" sound. Some people in the south and even southwest say GIH-tar rather than gih-TAR (guitar.) There is some acceptable variation in our language especially when it concerns regions, accents and dialects, and especially where within those you have words that are loanwords or are otherwise not Germanic in origin. Only someone really elitist would correct someone who said "HOM-age" rather than "oh-MAZH" and both have variously been correct depending on what dictionary you look at. Another example is "carbine" and in this case both are literally correct, according to many dictionaries, yet people will argue over which one (CAR-bine or CAR-bean.) Oh yeah and one you mentioned, queue, though this is outside of the purview of American English, has an alternate pronunciation: the Brits (at least some of them?) pronounce it "key."

  22. Miss Rachel I love you. Thanks for your help. ✨ You have a very clear pronunciation and you are really beautiful too.

  23. I'm pretty sure you're not taking into account that even Amaricans have different accents and thus would pronounce some of these words differently. I would have said this is more midwest American pronunciation than generalize it as strictly "American".

    Also I would clarify it as based on the age of the person saying the words. My parents, who are both in their 90's, pronounce some of the words differently because that was how they learned it as children. It was pronounced differently when they were younger, but after they grew up, the pronunciations were generalized, as many words evolve and tend to do over time.

  24. I'm a tour guide in Bogota, Colombia (C2 according to the IELTS) and once I had a discussion with an American client out of the pronunciation of açaí. He insisted that the right pronunciation was acai, as ei, not as it is originally pronounced in Portuguese.

  25. English words that Americans mispronounce?? That is an awfully narrow minded viewpoint. America isn't a small island. It's vast and beautiful. There are many dialects in America and therefore many different ways of pronouncing the same words. I was born and raised in the Appalachia Mountains of Eastern KY and in our dialect we still use several Elizabethan words.It's a big world and there are so many different accents and so many different ways to say something. Stop trying to put all your eggs in someone else's basket.

  26. ‘Groceries’ is not pronounced ‘groshreez’. Better: ‘grossereez’ or ‘grossreez’ (sorry, I don’t have IPA among my fonts)

  27. Dear Rachel,
    Perhaps you already know that “queue” is the French word for “tail”. In French one “makes the tail” (on fait la queue). The sound of the French vowels in queue does not exist in English so English speakers say “cue”. I noticed in England that signs requesting patrons to line up would say “Please Q up”. My father said that the capital letter Q looks like it has a little tail representing the French word “queue”. So the British Q up, Canadians stand in line and New Yorkers stand on line.

  28. I think it is kind of arrogant when an American seems to think they know how to pronounce English better than the English. Tomato, either, schedule, to name a few, are pronounced differently. Schedule with the K sound is American, not English.

  29. I'm not a native speaker, but I knew how to say almost all of these words correctly. One that I got wrong was draught. It looks very similar to daughter, so I thought it should be spelled dr-ot.

  30. Cognac is pronounced as though the COGN portion is pronounced like CON as in the diminutive for CONvict or CONman, not as in CONE. You Americans have a terrible habit of mispronouncing the vowel O in its long form nearly all the time. e.g. Macrone instead of Macron (French Prez) etc…….

  31. If millions of people are mispronouncing a word, it's no longer a mispronunciation. I never liked grammar nazis. "It's in the dictionary" booofreakinhooo. Words are changing, the language is changing, always…please deal with it.

  32. How about either. Is it E-ther or I-ther? I hear both ways. One word I missed spoken is Nicaragua. My teacher had me stand up and pronounce till I got it correct.

  33. Tbh even though mischievous is correct, mischievious sounds better and I'd be willing to be it's one of those words that will eventually just change over time in our language.

  34. Lately many folk pronounce route like rout. Two different meanings. In football the receiver goes on a pass route, not a pass rout as is commonly mispronounced. The e makes all the difference. A route is a path while a rout a crushing defeat.

  35. The only one that really drives me crazy is Nuke-you-lur. No such word, but even supposed nuclear engineer Jimmy Carter mispronounces it. Maybe that's a 'regional' thing, but it's still ignorant, sloppy, and lazy. As is Lay-uh-zon for Liaison.

  36. I was asked to read aloud in class a few years ago. I saw the word "insatiable" and totally mispronounced it. I'm still embarrassed after all these years.😢

  37. There are phonetic reasons why people put a vowel between [th] and [l] in triathlon. Moving the tongue from a dental position to an alveolar isn't natural and a vowel gives the tongue a break to change position. By pronouncing it "properly" most people are forming an [l] with their tongue still touching their upper teeth and possibly sounding like a lisp.

  38. Keep up the good work, Rachel, although I do feel that you’re going to be a lonely rock of knowledge surrounded by a sea of ignorance.
    The worse mispronunciations for me are “haRASSment” instead of the correct “harassment”, and CONtroversy” instead of the correct “controversy”.
    Spare a thought for the made-up words as well. "I've been burglarized!" "No, you haven't; you've been burgled" 🙂

  39. English is in practice, super flexible with so many second language speakers. Native speakers should naturally be more tolerant to a variety of accents and mispronunciations. This is totally normally.

    That being said there are native English mishaps. Like, a lot. But not really useful for English learners. Not even a little bit.

  40. What confuses pople is that a lot of these ara words are French or of French origin (like so many of them are in the English language) and they ought to be pronounced the "French way" not like they're "normally" used to in English.

  41. There's also this "actually" being pronounced as "akshully" by the Americans. Which you don't do and that serves as yet another confirmation of this being a WRONG pronounciaton. But it is sooo common!

  42. "Loughborough" was always one of my favourites. Most county names like Worcestershire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire etc, are always fun- but did forget the New Hampshire carryover!".
    As a native Brit I do hate the US pronunciation of "buoy" and do suspect it is due to trying to pronounce it phonetically and it then becoming accepted US pronunciation.
    My better half is a native Cantonese speaker and English always causes some fun. "Ache" was always popular too.

  43. The schoolma'am image sags somewhat when she stresses a French word like "echelon" on the first syllable. Keep at it, Rachel: maybe some day you'll get it right.

  44. It's pretty funny because sometimes I hear words that you American English pronounce different that I learned , So I image that this is another way to pronounce it. That's remind me this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fy_NYCtSgw&feature=youtu.be&t=17

  45. THANK GOD you mentioned MISCHIEVOUS!!! I have always pronounced it as you do in the video, but really started to wonder. So many Americans AND Brits add the "EE" syllable, including QE2 and John Cleese. Now please say that I am correct to say "asterisk", with the s before the k, instead of pronouncing it ASTERIX!!!

  46. Wouldn't you say that we Americans (at least west of New England) prefer more phonetic simplicity compared to the Brits?

    Lester vs Leicester
    Wooster vs Worcester
    theater vs theatre

    I am still trying to figure out how "Pall Mall" ends up sounding like "Pell Mell"

  47. This was interesting. So you know this, language changes with those that speak it. Words like “mischievous” and “triathlon” are two of those. We move the stress to the second syllable in Mischievous and prefer the e sound to schwa. In the word triathlon, we do not like that hard break in the middle, therefore we add the a.

  48. People almost always add another syllable to the word "realtor". They say "realator". I think it is because we get used to saying "real estate", and it kind of morphs into "real-ator".

  49. The one that annoys me the most is the Greek food GYROS which should be pronounced (You-R-os) slightly rolling the letter R.

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