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Today, we will look at some English words that are very difficult to pronounce.

And with a mini-story, you will practice your English fluency by answering many questions! 

Welcome to Speak English Now podcast, with your host, Georgiana. The podcast that will help you speak English fluently with no grammar and no textbooks.

Hi, everybody! I am Georgiana, your English teacher and founder of My mission is to help you speak English fluently. 

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Ok, let’s start!

1# Rural

Rural can be challenging to pronounce even for some native speakers, especially when repeated or placed next to a word with similar “r” sounds.

Let’s pronounce it several times.

Listen and repeat!

 [ roor-uhl ]

Rural   Rural   Rural


“I would prefer to leave the city for a¬†rural¬†home.”

“She has a romantic view of¬†rural¬†society.”

2# Phenomenon

This singular form of “phenomena” means an amazing event, pronounced as “fi-NOM-uh-non.”

So, let’s practice the word¬†phenomenon¬†a little bit.

Listen and repeat:

[ fi-nom-uh-non ]

Phenomenon    Phenomenon   Phenomenon 


“Gravity is a natural¬†phenomenon.”

“This¬†phenomenon¬†is unique in nature.”

3. Sixth

Adding a “th” after “x” can be tricky for many English students.

Let’s pronounce it several times:

[ siksth ]

Sixth   Sixth   Sixth 


“The dictionary is now in its¬†sixth¬†edition.”

“She lives on the¬†sixth¬†floor.”

4. Specific

This word is quite easy to pronounce, but it may be difficult for those who do not understand that “s” and “c” can have the same sound, although different, within the same word.

Let’s practice it!

[ spi-sif-ik ]

Specific     Specific    Specific


“My boss gave me very¬†specific¬†instructions on dealing with the client.”

“If you want to be successful, you need to be more¬†specific¬†about what you want to do.”

5. Temperature

For some students, “tem-per-uh-chur” is difficult to say quickly, as the “t” takes on a “ch” sound.

Let’s pronounce this word several times before using it in a sentence.

Listen and repeat after me:

Temperature Temperature Temperature

[ tem-per-uh-cher ]


“Let me check your¬†temperature.”

“The¬†temperature¬†ranges from zero to twenty degrees.”

That’s all for today; I hope you had a good time practicing these complex words.

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