“What is the right pronounciation?”

Not Again1Why wrong:  The word pronounciation doesn’t exist. The word is pronunciation.  It’s true that the verb is to pronounce, but the noun is different. To be taken seriously…

Correct it:  Ask, What is the right pronunciation?You Can Do It

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Saying “The Chicago Black Ox won the Stanley Cup.”

Turtleneck Eye RollTranslation: « Le boeuf noir de Chicago a gagné la Coupe Stanley. »

Why wrong: Ox and hawks are two different words. Exhaling changes the meaning, sometimes humorously. For more information, click here. To be taken seriously…

Correct it: If there’s an h, exhale.  Say “The Chicago Black Hawks won the Stanley Cup.”

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Saying “Doctor, my chess hurts.”

2013-09-22Translation: « Docteur, ça me fait mal aux échecs »

Why wrong: In French, most final consonants aren’t pronounced. This can create confusion if you do this in English. For more information, click here. To be taken seriously...Consultation

Correct it: The endings of words (especially d, s and t) must be pronounced or else something else may be understood. Say “Doctor, my chest hurts.”

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Saying “I have fate it will get better.”

2013-09-16Translation: « J’ai destin que ça va s’améliorer. »

Why wrong: Fate means le destin whereas faith means la foiTh is a dCoachingistinct sound in English, not to be confused with t. For more information, click here.

Correct it: Touch your top front teeth with your tongue and exhale softly when you say th. You probably know people who lisp (parlent au bout de la langue). This is what you should do to pronounce th. Say “I have faith it will get better.”

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Saying “I’m really tire.”

TireTranslation: « Je suis vraiment pneu »

Why wrong: In French, most final consonants aren’t pronounced. This can create confusion if you do this in English. For more information, click here. To be taken seriously…Young Female Executive

Correct it: For words that end with r sound before the ed, the -ed should be pronounced like -de. Don’t add an extra syllable. Say “I’m really tired.”

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Saying “It’s really coal outside today.”

CoalReally? Is it that dark?

Translation: « Aujourd’hui, il fait vraiment charbon dehors »

Why wrong: In French, most final consonants aren’t pronounced. This can create confusion if you do this in English. For more information, click here. To be taken seriously…Follow Through

Correct it: Just like a golfer finishes his swing, finish your words.  The endings of most English words (especially d, s and t ) must be pronounced or else something else may be understood: “It’s really cold outside today.”

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Saying “I heat ice cream every day.”

2013-09-05What?  You want to melt it?

Translation: « Je rechauffe de la crème glacée tous les jours. »

Why wrong: Eat and heat are two different words. Exhaling changes the meaning, sometimes humorously. For more information, click here. To be taken seriously…Consultation

Correct it: If there’s no h, don’t exhale.  Say “I eat ice cream every day.”

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Saying “I have to go to the batroom.”

2013-09-02What?  Are you Batman? He has a batmobile, a batplane and a batcycle.  He must have a batroom too.

Why wrong:  Th  is a distinct sound in English, not to be confused with t. For more information, click here.  To be taken seriously…OK Businessman

Correct it:  Touch your top front teeth with your tongue and exhale softly when you say th.  You probably know people who lisp (parlent au bout de la langue). This is what you should do to pronounce th. I have to go to the bathroom.

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Saying “I was boar at the meeting.”

BoarAh, that explains it!

Translation: « J’étais sanglier à la réunion »

Why wrong: In French, most final consonants aren’t pronounced. This can create confusion if you do this in English. For more information, click here. To be taken seriously…Presentation

Correct it: For words that end with r sound before the ed, the -ed should be pronounced like –de.  Don’t add an extra syllable. Say “I was bored at the meeting.”

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Saying “She dozen work very hard.”

DozenWhat? « Elle douzaine travailler très fort ? »

Why wrong: In French, most final consonants aren’t pronounced. This can create confusion if you do this in English. For more information, click here. To be taken seriously…Free Star

Correct it: The endings of words (especially d, s and t) must be pronounced or else something else may be understood. Say “She doesn‘t work very hard.”

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Saying “I just hate a delicious soup.”

What? Why do you stockfresh_1211779_oops_sizeXShate it if it’s delicious?

Translation:  « Je déteste tout simplement une soupe délicieuse. »

Why wrong:  Ate and hate are two different words. Exhaling changes the meaning, Valuesometimes humorously.  For more information, click here. To be taken seriously…

Correct it: If there’s no h, don’t exhale. Say “I just ate a delicious soup.”

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Saying “He true the ball.”

BallTranslation:  « Il vrai le ballon. »

Why wrong:  Th  is a distinct sound in English, not to be confused with t. For more information, click here.  To be taken seriously…

Correct it:  Touch your top front teeth with your tongue and exhale softly when you say th.  Say “He threw the ball.”Finally A Hit

You probably know people who lisp (parlent au bout de la langue). This is what you should do to pronounce th. 

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Saying “I took the boss to work.”

ChauffeurReally? You’re his chauffeur?

Cause of confusion: There is no short u sound in French.  It is often confused with a short o sound. Short o sounds like the sound you make when a doctor asks you to stick out your tongue. The short u sound is like in the word up. For more information, see O or U.

Correct it:  Listen aggressively to notice the nuances between vowels.  For boss, drop Teamyour chin and hold the sound longer.  For bus, keep the sound short and raise the edges of your mouth (as if you’re smiling). Say I took the bus to work. 

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Saying “He’s growing a beer.”

BeerdReally?  Is he growing a bottle too?

Translation:  « Il se fait pousser une bière »


Why wrongIn French, most final consonants aren’t pronounced. This can create confusion if you do this in English. For more information, click here. To be taken Presentationseriously…

Correct itThe endings of most English words (especially d, s and t ) must be pronounced or else something else may be understood. Say He’s growing a beard.

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Saying “I work ear.”

EarTranslation:  « Je travaille oreille. »

Why wrong:  is a consonant in English and must be pronounced.  For more information, see H.

Correct it:  Exhale to say h, like if you’re running.  If there’s no h, don’t exhale. Say “I work here.”Goals and Targets

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Saying “Mary Higgins Clark is my favorite otter.”

OtterReally?  Does she work at Sea World?

Translation:  « Mary Higgins Clark est ma loutre préférée. »


Why wrong:  Th  is a distinct sound in English, not to be confused with d  or t. For more information, click hereTo be taken seriously…OK Businessman

Correct it:  Touch your top front teeth with your tongue and exhale softly when you say th.  You probably know people who lisp (parlent au bout de la langue). This is what you should do to pronounce th.  Say Mary Higgins Clark is my favorite author.

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Saying “Finally, I am Finnish!”

FinnishReally?  Are you related to Saku Koivu?

Translation:  « Enfin, je suis finlandais ! »

Why wrong:  The -ed  endings of past tense regular English verbs must be clearly pronounced or something else will be understood. Someone from Finland is Finnish.  For more information, click here.  If you don’t want people to laugh…Fireworks

Correct it:   For words that end with sh  before the ed, the ending should be pronounced like a t. Say “I am finished!”

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Saying “My pants are too tie!”

Really?  Is it paIMG_2906inful tying the knot?

Translation:  « Mon pantalon est trop cravate ! »


Why wrongIn French, most final consonants aren’t pronounced. This can create confusion if you do this in English. For more information, click here.  If you don’t want people to laugh…Thumbs Up

Correct itThe endings of most English words (especially d, s and t) must be pronounced or else something else may be understood. Say “My pants are too tight!”

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Saying “I am the turd child in the family.”

Saying "I am the turd" (instead of "third")

Really?  Well, that explains a lot of things!

Translation:  « Je suis l’enfant crotte dans la famille. »

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Listen to the correction:  [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://www.anglaide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Third-Child.ogg”]

Why wrong: Th  is a distinct sound in English, not to be confused with d  or t. The word turd  is sometimes vulgar, but surely not what you mean to communicate.  For more information, click here.

To be taken seriously, you should…

Correct it:  Touch your top front teeth with your tongue and exhale softly when you say th.  Say I am the third child.

You probably know people who lisp (parlent au bout de la langue). This is what you should do to pronounce th (but not for s or z ).  It may sound and feel bizarre at first, but it really is the way it should be spoken.

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