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#200 Difficult words to Pronounce in English

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

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

And with a point of view lesson, you will improve your English grammar without memorizing any boring rules.

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Ok, let’s start.

1. Cavalry and calvary

People often confuse cavalry (armed forces on horseback) with calvary, an experience of extreme suffering, especially mental suffering.

We call a metathesis the change of one or more sounds within a word. And yes. Metathesis is also a hard word to pronounce.

Anyway, let’s practice the two words a little bit.

Listen and repeat after me:

[ kav-uhl-ree ]

Cavalry. Cavalry. Cavalry.

[ kal-vuh-ree ]

Calvary. Calvary. Calvary.

2. Comfortable and Vegetable

These two words are the most difficult for my students to pronounce. Most Spanish speakers pronounce comfortable, and vegetable as “comfortaibal” or “vegetaibal” and I guess it’s because both words end in “table.”

So, let’s practice the two words a little bit.

Listen and repeat:

[ kuhm-fer-tuh-buhl, ]

Comfortable. Comfortable. Comfortable.

[ kuhmf-ter-buhl ]

Comfortable. Comfortable. Comfortable. 

[ vej-tuh-buhl ] 
Vegetable. Vegetable. Vegetable.

[ vej-i-tuh-buhl ]

Vegetable. Vegetable. Vegetable.

3. Deteriorate

Another word that my students find difficult to pronounce is deteriorate.

Let’s practice it for a bit.

Listen and repeat after me:

[ dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt ]

Deteriorate. Deteriorate. Deteriorate.  

4. Explicit

Don’t worry. Almost everyone sounds a little funny when they pronounce the word “explicit.”

Let’s practice it!

[ ik-splis-it ]

Explicit. Explicit. Explicit.

5. Exponentially

Yes, I understand you perfectly. Sometimes exponentially gets exponentially harder to say the more you try to say it. 🙂

Let’s practice this word.

Listen and repeat after me:

[ ek-spoh-nen-shuh-lee ]

Exponentially. Exponentially. Exponentially.

[ ek-spuh-nen-shuh-lee ]

Exponentially. Exponentially. Exponentially.

That’s all for today; I hope you had a good time practicing these complex words. Next week we will practice more of these difficult words in English.

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