EnglishClub
Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub


mispronounced words

For general discussion between ESL teachers.

Moderator: Susan

mispronounced words

Unread postby fashouri » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:38 pm

I have lots of examples that many make mistakes when they want to pronounce it:
check them they are interesting
ballet
pizza
sew
sunbathe
finite ..........
did you pronounce it correctly or not?
can you add to my list?
fashouri
Member
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:27 pm

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby calanthe » Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:38 am

ah yes i have also examples:

recipe
bear
equator
occur
............
calanthe
Member
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Sep 21, 2008 7:26 am

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby JapanJobs » Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:21 am

How about
..honor..
..refrigerator..
..fiscal.. vs. physical
JapanJobs
Member
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:25 am

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby abdelmottalib » Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:57 am

hi to every one,
I fundamentally believe that pronuciacion is very important in using english effectively and purposefully. however, I come across some difficult examples in many occasions. in this case, I want to ask for help if it is possible. I assure you that I've cheked in many dictionaries but in vain. I also asked many teacher and colleagues but I still worried about that problem. any way, I want you to help me pronounce these words:
[strengths, deaths, months, youths, mouths, moths, depths, ....etc] so the "s" at the end is pronounced "s" , "z" or ",« θ » or « δ ».
thank you for help
abdelmottalib
Member
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:42 am

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby marcchehab » Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:38 am

abdelmottalib wrote:hi to every one,
I fundamentally believe that pronuciacion is very important in using english effectively and purposefully. however, I come across some difficult examples in many occasions. in this case, I want to ask for help if it is possible. I assure you that I've cheked in many dictionaries but in vain. I also asked many teacher and colleagues but I still worried about that problem. any way, I want you to help me pronounce these words:
[strengths, deaths, months, youths, mouths, moths, depths, ....etc] so the "s" at the end is pronounced "s" , "z" or ",« θ » or « δ ».
thank you for help


here's my 3 seconds research from google, looking for 'pronunciation plural -th'. hope it helps.

http://www.peridore.com/pdffiles/122pluralpronun.pdf
marcchehab
Prolific Member
Prolific Member
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:48 am

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby Graziela » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:26 pm

How about CHOIR....?
heheheh

Go to:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/
Select a word and listen to the correct pronunciation.

My Best Wishes to all of you,
Graziela Peleteiro
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

http://getenglishlessons.com
Graziela
Prolific Member
Prolific Member
 
Posts: 36
Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:24 pm

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby ICAL_Pete » Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:09 pm

Minimal pair work is a good way to help students overcome specific pronunciation problems.

Read the article on Minimal Pairs in the ICAL wiki to learn what they are and how you can use them.
User avatar
ICAL_Pete
Prolific Member
Prolific Member
 
Posts: 30
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:52 pm
Location: UK

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby lillabeth » Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:37 pm

Usually if a word ends with "th" and there is an "s" you must pronounce it as a soft "s"....just try to pronounce it with a "z" sound and you will find it difficult!! That is the purpose of the different "s" pronunciations...for comfort!!

Same situaltion with the "ed" pronunciation
lillabeth
Member
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:26 pm

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby abedri » Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:37 pm

fashouri wrote:I have lots of examples that many make mistakes when they want to pronounce it:
check them they are interesting
ballet
pizza
sew
sunbathe
finite ..........
did you pronounce it correctly or not?
can you add to my list?

Hi colleagues! I find it is interesting to add one : ewe .
abedri
Member
 
Posts: 9
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:24 am
Location: algeria

Re: mispronounced words

Unread postby Heads Up Eng » Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:53 am

Good pronunciation is important for effective communication. However, it's been my experience that students place far too much emphasis on this aspect.

Teachers can and should encourage clear pronunciation with drills, reading aloud, and pair work in the classroom. Teachers should also have students listen and repeat to pre-recorded CDs and podcast exercises as self-study, as this will improve prosody. On the student side of things, they should record their own voices while reading a monologue to listen for weak/trouble spots. This serves as a cautionary flag, which then allows students to address the problem(s).

Yet as a teacher of pronunciation courses, I often find students in greater need of practice with grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and accuracy.

In short, I think teachers should consider pronunciation as one aspect of speaking, and incorporate short asides to improve pronunciation/intonation over a long period of time. Students should realize that this isn't the magic bullet to effective communication.
Chris Cotter
Free flashcards at: http://www.flashcardhub.com.
Just print and teach materials at: http://www.headsupenglish.com.
Heads Up Eng
Prolific Member
Prolific Member
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:19 am
Location: Japan


Return to ESL Teacher Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 5 guests