The English language is known to be universal. It is easy to learn, useful, and flexible. However, when it comes to pronunciations, it can be a little tricky. That’s why, we will now talk about mispronounced English words and phrases.

We incline to pronounce words and phrases the way we think they should be pronounced, or the way everyone else pronounces them.

The stigma of mispronounced English words and phrases send a chilling effect to many, which results to fear of learning the language.

Most of all, not everyone is born to have the English language as their lingua franca. That is why, we need to learn and explore the language even more. Being familiar to mispronounced English words and phrases and how to say them correctly is a good start.

So, to be more well-versed with English language we will help you with this blog. Here are 10 out of many mispronounced English words and phrases and its correction for you to learn and apply.

Almond

misprnounced English words and phrases
The best of almonds.

We actually used to say it: Aal-mund

How to actually say it: ah-mund

We usually see this dry nut on our ice cream. And some of us love this piece of Earth’s gift. But, we always tend to pronounce it wrong. It supposed to be silent “L” as in ah-mund.

Almond is a perfect ingredient for ice cream and chocolates.

Coup de grâce

We  actually used to say it: coo-de-GRAH

How to actually say it: Coo-de-GRAHS

We cannot deny the fact that French words are hard to pronounce. Actually, there are borrowed words that we have a habit of saying it incorrectly.

Like, coup de grâce, is one of those French phrases that you say wrong; whenever you try a little too hard to sound, well, “French”. Also, we learned that some of the letters that are in the end should not be pronounced.

Hence, this word is an exemption because you need to pronounce the last letters “ce” as “s”.  Get it? Good.

The last samurai saw his enemy struggling in pain so he did a coup de grace to finish his  enemy’s suffering.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time saves us.

What we’ve been saying: daylight savings time

How to actually say it: daylight saving time

Thanks to Benjamin Franklin for introducing daylight saving time to our lives. You know we need that extra one hour for the things we love to do.

Nevertheless, we be likely to enunciate daylight savings time and unfortunately that is wrong. Daylight saving time will always be singular in form.

Every year on the second Sunday in March, most places in the United States “spring” their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time.

Epitome

We  actually used to say it: ep-i-tome

How to actually say it: ep-i-tummy

Everybody wanted to be admired and to become an epitome. Nonetheless, as an epitome, we need to be a perfect example to others. But, how can we if we constantly mispronounce it. That’s a shame, really.

It is supposed to be pronounced as ep-i-tummy. Yes, tummy, as in your belly.

The president of your country is an epitome of greatness and intelligence. He is worthy of admiration.

Forte

We  actually used to say it: FOR-tay

How to actually say it: FORT

For what is worth, this term makes you sound fancy as you pronounce it. Hence, it’s disappointing to know that we constantly say “for-tay”. Well, it should be “fort”.

But take note, there’s an exception for the musical direction, though. If it is referring to music expertise it is pronounced as “FOR-tay”.

Acting had always been her forte.

For all intents and purposes

We  actually used to say it: ‘for all intensive purposes

How to actually say it: For all intents and purposes

“For all intensive purposes” may sound right to you know. But, you are wrong. ‘Intensive’ is an adjective meaning vigorous or exhaustive. ‘Intents’ is a noun meaning purpose. So they are obviously not interchangeable. Thus, the correct term is for all intents and purpose.

The website is finished, for all intents and purposes. We just to fix a few issues before we will release it.

Genre

We  actually used to say it: Jen-ner

How to actually say it: Zhon-ruh

We often see this word in record store or movie houses. Genre talks about a category or set of characteristics.

To make you sound on point, the correct pronunciation of genre is Zhon-ruh, (Zh is a sound as in vision), not as Jen-ner.

My favorite movie genre is suspense. How about you? Is it comedy, sci-fi, or horror?

Pizza

pizza
Pizza is heaven.

We  actually used to say it: Pi-za

How to actually say it: peet-zuh

We cannot say no to pizza. This is like the only food we could bring in to our death bed. As a matter fact, [some] of us would vote pizza as our national favorite food. But before we vote for it, we should be aware that it is pronounced as peet-zuh and not Pi-za.

I love eating pepperoni pizza. 

Quinoa

We  actually used to say it: kee-noah

How to actually say it:  keen-wah

To those of you who are not familiar of quinoa, it is a type of rice. So, we also want to inform everybody that the correct pronunciation is keen-wah. It is incorrect to pronounced it as kee-noah.

Quinoa is a gluten-free seed that can make a great substitute for regular rice and other grains.

Sherbet

What we’ve been saying: SHER-bert

How to actually say it: SHER-bet

This delicious dessert deserves justice whenever we mispronounced it.

If done correctly, it should be pronounced as “SHER-bet” without sticking the extra R in there.

A mint flavored sherbet is good for cleansing our palate after we have eaten our meal.

Sriracha

We actually used to say it: sre-ROTCH-ah

How to actually say it: see-ROTCH-ah

This very spicy sauce is good to put into your noodle soup. It gives kick and another layer of taste.

So, we should know that, it is pronounced as “see-ROTCH- ah”, eliminating the “sr” sound. This is to make the whole culinary experience a perfect one.

Sriracha is good for all kinds of noodle soup. It adds another layer of flavor to the delicacy.

In conclusion, we should push our selves to make us better in  the English language. this is not a measurement of your knowledge but it is something that enhances your knowledge.

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