10 Words You Are Mispronouncing


Vanessa: Hi, I’m Vanessa from Are you mispronouncing these 10 common words? Let’s find out. Everyone needs a little bit of help sometimes. Well today I’m here to give you the help that
you maybe didn’t know that you needed. I’ve been an English teacher since I was 22
years old, so 10 years now. Wow. I’ve heard a lot of the same pronunciation
mistakes again, and again, and again. A lot of pronunciation mistakes don’t stop
other people from understanding you. For example, if you say “da” book instead
of the book, people will still generally understand you. You won’t sound like a native English speaker,
but they can understand you. The problem happens when you mispronounce
a key word in the sentence. If someone doesn’t understand that word, they
can’t understand the whole meaning or at least some important parts of your sentence. Today I’d like to share with you 10 words
that you’re probably mispronouncing and how to correct them. With each of these words, I’m going to give
you a challenge sentence. And my challenge for you is to say that sentence
out loud. You need to use your pronunciation muscles,
exercise them so that it will become natural. And it will feel comfortable when you say
these words in daily conversation. All right, let’s get started with the first
one. What about this word? How do you pronounce that? Can you guess which letter is silent? If you can see that color, you probably know. The letter R. How can we say this? February. That R is just gone. Just cut it out completely. Sometimes when I need to spell this word,
I say out loud February, with the R because it helps me to remember how to spell it. Because it’s kind of weird to have a silent
R in the middle of an English word. But that’s the way it is. Make sure that you say February. February. For each of these commonly mispronounced words,
I’m going to be putting the problem sound in blue over here. So that you can see which sound is the most
difficult, at least in my opinion, for English learners. It’s not always a silent sound, but it’s at
least the problem sound. Let’s say the challenge sentence together. I can’t believe that it’s almost February. Can you say it a little faster with me? I can’t believe that it’s almost February. I can’t believe that it’s almost February. Let’s go on to number two. How can we say this day of the week? Is it, Wednesday? Nope. That D is silent, cut it out. Forget about it. It’s Wednesday. There’s almost a Z sound in the middle of
this word. Wednesday. Wednesday. Same with February, when I need to write this
word. Sometimes I think about the full pronunciation
as if it were said every single letter. Wednesday. It helps me to spell it correctly. But in conversation, we never say the D. You
need to say, Wednesday. Let’s look at a challenge sentence. Next Wednesday will be February. Yes, we will be reviewing the previous word
with each of these challenge sentences. Let’s say it together. Next Wednesday will be February. Next Wednesday will be February already. It’s amazing. Let’s go to the next word. How do you think we can pronounce this word? It is certainly a common word and you want
to make sure that you say it correctly. It is, clothes. I think that the trouble here is that there
is an E-S at the end. So a lot of English learners want to say,
clothes. Pronouncing the T-H and the E-S making that
all really clear. But in reality, when English speakers are
talking quickly, we’re just going to use the same pronunciation as the verb. Close the door. Clothes. Clothes. There’s not even a T-H in this word. Sometimes when native speakers are talking
slowly, you might hear clothes, with a slight T-H, a tongue kind of touching between your
teeth in that T-H sound. Clothes. Clothes. A little bit of a T-H, but do you know what? When we’re speaking quickly, we just cut that
out and say, I’m wearing clothes. Clothes. There’s not even a hint of a T-H when we say
it quickly. Clothes. Let’s say a challenge sentence. What clothes are you wearing on Wednesday? What clothes are you wearing on Wednesday? Let’s say it quickly together. What clothes are you wearing on Wednesday? What clothes are you wearing on Wednesday? Let’s go to the next word. How can we pronounce this lovely word? You know what, English is quite strange. If you’ve ever studied the history of English,
you know that it’s kind of a romance language, kind of a Germanic language, kind of an Anglo-Saxons
language. Sometimes we’ve taken spelling from one language
and pronunciation from another language. Forget the G-H sound here. Don’t be confused by G-H and also don’t be
confused by E-I. That’s also weird. Instead, you just need to say height. Height. Why don’t we spell this, H-I-T-E? I don’t know. But it’s there to confuse you, but not anymore. I want you to say with me, height. Let’s look at the challenge sentence. Because of his height, it’s hard to find clothes. If you’re extremely tall or extremely short,
it can be really tough to find clothes. Let’s say this together. Because of his height, it’s hard to find clothes. Because of his height, it’s hard to find clothes. Because of his height, it’s hard to find clothes. What about this word? I’m actually not wearing anything visible
now. I have some rings on. How can we pronounce that naturally? You might find some guides online that tell
you to pronounce the E in the middle. But really, 95% of the time when native English
speakers are speaking quickly, in the U.S we’re going to say jewelry. Jewelry. We’re are not going to say jewelry. With an extra L in the middle. Instead jewelry. Two syllables. Jewelry. Jewelry. Let’s look at a challenge sentence. Her jewelry is the height of fashion. Her jewelry is the height of fashion. Her jewelry is the height of fashion. Her jewelry is the height of fashion. Let’s go to the next word. What about this tasty word? This word has only two syllables, chocolate. Chocolate. In the U.S, you will never hear someone say
chocolate. That middle O is just cut out. Just imagine that this is such an amazing
thing to eat, that you don’t want to waste time saying another syllable. You just want to say it as fast as possible,
so you just cut out the middle. Chocolate. Chocolate. I don’t have time to ask for chocolate. Instead, chocolate. Chocolate. Let’s take a look at a challenge sentence. Oh no, my jewelry fell in my hot chocolate. If your earrings fall in your hot chocolate
or your necklace falls in your hot chocolate. Well I guess you’ll find it eventually. Let’s say that together. Oh no, my jewelry fell in my hot chocolate. My jewelry fell in my hot chocolate. My jewelry fell in my hot chocolate. Let’s go to the next one. What about this lovely word? Receipt. Receipt. This word is weird for multiple reasons. Do you remember the word height has an E-I
and the E-I is pronounced I. Well in this word receipt, there is also an
E-I. But it’s pronounced E, so weird. And the P is completely silent. Let’s practice saying this word together. Receipt. Receipt. Receipt. Let’s use a challenge sentence. Do you have the receipt for the chocolate
bars? Do you have the receipt for the chocolate
bars? Do you have the receipt for the chocolate
bars? This is the paper that you get after you make
a purchase. The cashier will give you the receipt. Or maybe they’ll ask you, “Would you like
the receipt? Do you want the receipt?” And you can use this word beautifully and
naturally and say, “No, I don’t need a receipt.” Or, “Yes, please give me the receipt.” Beautiful pronunciation. Let’s go to the next one. How about this word? Recipe. Recipe. What do all of these words have in common? Phone, make, change. Look at the end, there’s an E and it’s silent. We don’t say phone-y, make-y, change-y. That E is silent and that’s a pretty standard
rule in English. That if there’s an E at the end, it’s most
likely going to be silent. But it’s not a rule if it doesn’t have an
exception, and one of those exceptions is this word. Recipe. This is the instructions about how to cook
something. I need to find a recipe. Recipe. Make sure that you say that final E. Recipe. Recipe. Let’s look at a challenge sentence. Here’s the receipt for the recipe book. These two words often get mixed up together
because they’re both tough and they both look a little similar. Let’s say that sentence a couple times. Here’s the receipt for the recipe book. Here’s the receipt for the recipe book. Here’s the receipt for the recipe book. A recipe book might also be called a cookbook,
but I wanted to use this word to challenge your pronunciation. Here’s the receipt for the recipe book. Number nine. Subtle? No. Subtle. Subtle. What in the world is happening here? First of all, let’s take that B and cut it
out. Throw it away completely. The B is completely silent. But why is there a D sound? Subtle. Subtle. Well, in American English, when there is a
T in the middle of a word, it often changes to a D sound. That’s what’s going to happen here. Forget that there’s actually a B in this word. Instead you can say subtle. Subtle means something that’s not obvious. Something that’s subtle isn’t apparent to
everyone. It’s not obvious. Subtle. Subtle. Subtle. Let’s take a look at a challenge sentence. Most recipes do not have subtle instructions. Most recipes do not have subtle instructions. Recipes just say, do this, then do this, then
do this. There is no indirect language. It’s very clear. It’s not subtle. Let’s say that sentence a couple of times
quickly. Most recipes do not have subtle instructions. Most recipes do not have subtle instructions. Let’s go to the 10th and final mispronounced
word. I often get asked about this word. Or I often get asked about this word. Which one’s correct? Should we say the T? Should we cut it out? Is it silent? Well, I have some good news. This is a trick question. Both are correct. Hoo-rah, you have multiple choices and both
of them are correct. I did a little bit of research about this
word because it’s not common in English to have a letter that could be silent or could
not be silent. Both are correct. Apparently several hundred years ago, Queen
Elizabeth I in England was found to have not used the T in her pronunciation. She said often. But at the time during her reign in England,
it was common to use the T for academia or highly educated people. There was a little bit of a disconnect between
what the Queen was using and what academia were saying was correct. Because of this, it became acceptable to use
either. The root word here is the word oft, oft. This is an old fashioned word. We don’t use that anymore, but in that word
the T is pronounced. Just through time the T has been dropped,
the T has been added. Both are acceptable. Let’s use a challenge sentence. Cats are often subtle about their affection. This is true. Dogs are not subtle. They just run up to you and say, “Hi, hi,
hi, I love you. Play with me, play with me.” Cats are not like that. Cats are often subtle about their affection. Or cats are often subtle about their affection. You can choose either to say in this sentence. Cats are often subtle about their affection. Cats are often subtle about their affection. In the U.S we use both of these. Even in my home I say often much more often
and my husband says often more often than I do. He uses both. I’m more likely to say often. But we’re both correct and you can be too. Are you ready to exercise your speaking and
pronunciation muscles? I want to give you a big crazy challenge sentence. It’s actually three sentences. It’s not one sentence but it sounds cooler
to say big crazy challenge sentence. I’m going to be reading each of these sentences
twice. I want you to listen carefully the first time. The second time, I want you to try to repeat
it with me. Use your pronunciation muscles and try to
remember everything we’ve talked about in this lesson. All right, let’s go to the sentences. I’m making a new chocolate cake recipe on
the first Wednesday in February. I’m making a new chocolate cake recipe on
the first Wednesday in February. Bring some old clothes, no jewelry, and a
receipt for your purchase. Bring some old clothes, no jewelry, and a
receipt for your purchase. If my kitchen counter is too tall because
of your height, don’t be subtle. Just tell me. If my kitchen counter is too tall because
of your height, don’t be subtle. Just tell me. I hope that you can come to my house to bake
a chocolate cake. I hope that the height of my counter is not
too tall for you, but if it is. Don’t be subtle, just tell me. I need a stool. I need to stand on a chair. I hope that these challenge sentences were
fun to you and a good practice for your pronunciation muscles. Now I have a question for you. I want to know which one of these 10 words
was difficult for you. Or maybe which one of these 10 words you actually
didn’t know how to pronounce and now you do. I hope that you learned something new in this
lesson and you enjoyed yourself, you enjoyed learning English. That’s my goal. Thanks so much for learning with me and I’ll
see you again next Friday for a new lesson here on my YouTube channel. Bye. The next step is to download my free eBook,
Five Steps to Becoming a Confident English Speaker. You’ll learn what you need to do to speak
confidently and fluently. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel
for more free lessons. Thanks so much. Bye.

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100 thoughts on “10 Words You Are Mispronouncing”

  1. Speak English With Vanessa says:

    Which word was the most difficult for you? Let me know in the comments! 😊Continue learning English with me by downloading my free ebook "5 Steps to Becoming a Confident English Speaker" >> ❤️

  2. Francia Toledo says:

    I thought Receipt is Re seet
    Clothes is klods?

  3. Faten Farrayeh says:

    Hello Vanessa, no one of these words is difficult for me.
    Thank you so much for your time.

  4. Ronaldo Oliveira says:

    Hello teacher! For me, the word jewelry is really tough to pronounce.

  5. American English With Grant says:

    Great video Vanessa :). I hear 'cloe-thez' SO often. Another really common similar mistake is 'months'. A lot of students pronounce it 'mun-thez'. Your explanation here is really clear and I think it'll help some of my beginner students. Thanks! 👍😁

  6. جهابذة المحـدّثين says:

    what's the difference between utter and say ?

  7. hassan osman says:

    For me the confusing words are:
    Recipe n receipt
    Thank you so much.

  8. pain tastic says:


  9. Keishla Jim says:

    Hi Vannesa. How can you pronounce : variety?

  10. yongshuk choi says:

    receipt ===>>rici:t….no rasi:t…

  11. Francesco S. says:

    So you are 42 years old… are you kidding? Are you pulling our legs? You look as really younger, dear Vanessa… Ciao

  12. Baliram Nishad says:

    Please speak slowly, I can't understand fast. please please…..

  13. Leandro Gomes Mantovani says:

    In my case the word was Wednesday… i got startled! I didn’t had the slightest idea about it. I enjoyed it so much i hope there would be more like this in the future. Thank you teacher 🙏🙏

  14. Norma Cirigliano says:

    Hi!The most difficult for me is February. Thank you

  15. mundo dos irmãos says:

    All of them

  16. I love U says:

    Ela é muito simpatica❤.

  17. Akarsh Tyagi says:


  18. La Nueva Era de Acuario says:

    I love English – Subtle is an amazing word

  19. Phan Đức says:

    Nice ^^

  20. S. Abbas S. Salehi says:

    Thank you Vanessa!

  21. Katia M says:

    Wonderful video! I thought I knew how to pronounce all those words but I realized that I've mispronounced, at least, half of them!

  22. Paloma says:

    VANESSA: very often I heard from you this word and I thought I was pronouncing. With t

  23. Alaa Adel says:

    I really love you vanessaaaaa

  24. bint biladi says:

    I mispronounce February

  25. Oscar Rondon says:

    February and wednesday were the most difficult words for me! Thank you.

  26. Edilsa Luna says:

    February…that one was hard for me! And I didn't even know that I was pronouncing it incorrectly.

  27. Vanessa Andino says:

    Receipt and recipe were the most difficult to me.

    It was a great lesson, as always!

  28. Eshaq Ali Rezaie says:

    Thank you so much dear teacher. For me February a little bit hard

  29. khing king says:

    I will also recommend your book "5 steps to becoming english speaker". Because it is a biggggg opportunity to learn English , and it is Totally free to download .

  30. D. Jauregui says:

    Hi, Vanessa thank you so much for the free videos, I've learned more about pronunciation here than at the university where I studied hahaha. It was difficult to pronounce February but I'm working in these muscles!

  31. Alex Ronaldo says:

    I have trouble with this word ! ! ! Jewelry it s hard to pronounce!!! Regards from el salvador …!!!

  32. Ezatullah Shagiwal says:

    Today you looking very cute and beautiful.

  33. Jaeoh Shin says:

    Dear Vanessa, I have a question- it seems that there is no one-to-one correspondence between spelling and pronunciation. Then what on earth, people can learn how to speak English correctly?

  34. Nadia Sumiruna says:

    Excellent lesson! Actually all words but subtle are very common and I knew pronunciation, anyway the presentation and combination of words in sentences were just perfect. I really had a good time.

  35. Bluebox hair says:

    "Really,usually "its hard for me to read correctly

  36. बाबु बिहारि नाम तो सुनाही होगा says:


  37. Christine Rez says:

    Can you make a video about secretary in school office conversation with parent students and staff? Also whole you tell if if wrote my question correctly.

  38. Ezatullah Shagiwal says:

    Subtle is difficult for me,

  39. Lutring Jim Palacios says:

    Receipt I used to pronounce it. RE cit. Bit it is. Ra seet. Thank you for your help and instruction

  40. Steve says:

    Thanks for the lesson, we tend to mispronounce all of them as learner. It feels kind of weird in the tongue and jaw muscles to pronounce those new sounds. We have to focus on the pronunciation, it makes it harder to be fluent because we have to think of it but it’s gonna pay off at midterm.

  41. dzen1234 says:

    Thank you for your lessons an positive! 🙂

  42. Амир Юнеев says:

    My English teacher at school taught me how to pronounce these words properly , so I mispronounced only two words from the list. I'm thankful to you Vanessa for the lesson.

  43. 葉子平 says:

    The word subtle was difficult for me

  44. jjkendy says:

    i hear and use of-en all the time in usa until recently i notice my school boys in canada say of-ten.

  45. Idriss aigle says:

    I do not remember Jewelr and subtle

  46. melvin salvador says:

    Maybe the word closet comes from the clothes,how about jewellery?

  47. Fernando Carguai says:

    i didn't have idea of the right way to pronounce chocolate, that one was kinda weird to me :O

  48. syr kok says:

    subtle is a little hard but I love it 😂💕

  49. One Of you says:

    I always thoughts until now that in the word February all letters should be pronounced. For me these two words: clothes and jewelry were hard to use.
    Thanks for giving a clue, Vanessa!

  50. Moncia says:

    The most difficult was jewelry and subtle 😊

  51. Henriette Izzo says:

    Thanks a lot. I didn't know the good prononciation of: heigth, receipt, subtle. Skills prononciation are very helpful for me because in my classes they don't insist on the prononciation see you soon

  52. Нина Лебедева says:

    Thank's a lot! Word climb

  53. sharvee rooban says:

    Thanks a lot.Please upload more vedios.

  54. Amit sane says:

    You are very fair in complexion.

  55. Julia Grebeneva says:

    Height, February, recipe, receipt have a surprising pronunciation for me!

  56. se says:

    hi Vanessa,
    i simply love your lessons!
    i had pronounced some of these words not pretty accurate. the word receipt (ra-seet, quite odd?! isn't it? 🤗) for example, but now, thanks to you, i'm aware of that. thank you so much for your help, dear Vanessa! 🤗

  57. a Positive person says:

    Thank you so much for your efforts

  58. a Positive person says:

    You are a blessing we hafta thank our God 🤗⚘🇯🇴

  59. fatima zahra moutaki says:

    thank you so much vanessa

  60. Amandee K says:

    , thanks mam I was looking for something like this 🥰☺️☺️

  61. rwaida hassan says:

    Thanks vanessa , I’m always having problem with pronuncing (jewellery)

  62. Saeid Mohamadi says:


  63. carlos eduardo says:

    You're so nice. Your explanations are so clear . Thank you for being so kind and generous to us. We love you. God bless you and your family.

  64. carlos eduardo says:

    From Brazil

  65. Valery Lavrov says:

    You made my morning with pronunciation muscle reference.

  66. Suresh Choudhery says:

    Cute☑️ just one word to express! Vanessa😍😍😍

  67. Farshad Morteza says:

    RECIPE is the most difficult word in this lesson

  68. pedro galvez says:

    thak very much miss Vannesa for the class.

  69. BOJIK CHANEL says:

    great explanation. thanks

  70. Gonmei casper says:

    Febuary is dificult

  71. Alexandra 2018 says:


  72. Đình Hưng says:

    It’s so helpful. Thank you so much.

  73. Shehab Ashraf says:

    subtle is the herder and the weirdest

  74. Milena Neves says:

    You're such an amazing teacher. I love your channel! <3

  75. mo hamdy says:

    Actually, February and jewelry are the only words that I find it difficult for me to pronounce it correctly

  76. KHALID khalid says:

    spelling height and recipe is new for me

  77. Ahmed Eid says:

    I'm improving with each video you upload, thank you!

  78. natalie fortuné says:

    Thank you so much! You're very a good teacher and so kind too… I very appreciate the way you teach.

  79. 진대근 says:

    ❤ 내 이상형 남미에 있구나 .

  80. David R. says:

    Wonderful 🙂👍🏼

  81. Mara Erharter says:

    I was really surprised with the word of my birth month: FEBRUARY.
    I lived in Florida for 24 years, and never ever I was corrected with this word. Oh, my… So, it's always time to get right.
    Hugs from BR.

  82. Leonardo Normey says:

    Hi Vanessa , thank you a lot , you’re simple THE BEST!
    By the way, what about “ ISLAND” Pronunciation??

  83. Gernante Georges Milcent says:

    Jewelry is difficult

  84. Aaqib Chandio says:

    I like your bye and thanks for reaching me i am watching you since 1 year

  85. Nitin Soni says:

    Everyone word was new in pronouncing

  86. Manuela campos says:

    You're awesome.

  87. Akbar Uddin says:

    chocolate was difficult and strange for me . so after that i will correct pronounce this word thanks mam

  88. Harun Harun says:

    Me it's hard to pronounce the words of clothes and Jewellery.

  89. Jessica Griebler says:

    I didn't know the "height and Jewelry" pronnunciations!
    You're such an amazing teacher!
    Thank you!!! ❤️

  90. Angry Hippo says:

    Salmon is a tough word to pronounce as well.

  91. Paula Arantes Araujo says:

    You're awesome!!! Thanks!

  92. Carla Nieddu says:

    I love chocolate cake religiously!! I'll come over, is it tomorrow fine???
    Super teacher, Vanessa, your lessons are motivating! I think that RECIPE is a kind of tricky word to pronounce.. but English is what it is!! Byeeee

  93. Matheus Carvalho says:

    I never heard someone pronounce wenzday

  94. Farhan Channel says:

    Thanks for your help. I'm from Somalia 🇸🇴

  95. Deniz İpekçi says:

    February is the most difficult.

  96. Andrés E. Escobar Gordillo says:

    Greetings from Colombia, thank you so much for the free lessons, the most difficult word was RECEIPT

  97. Ca Studios says:

    My dog isn't subtle, he gets in the room and break everything!

  98. ibrahim mohammad says:

    thank u so much

  99. ghadeer abd says:


  100. Ayman Ali says:

    The most difficult word for me is "February "

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