ORAL: 10 WORDS YOU MAY FIND DIFFICULT TO PRONOUNCE

“It’s leviOsa, not levioSA!”
Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

1. Amateur [air-mer-ter]

An amateur would pronounce this as “air-mer-cher”.

2. Awry [aw-rai]

Something’s gone awry when this word is pronounced as “aw-ree”.

3. Chaos [kei-os]

Rhymes with “K. Kloss”, not your classmate “Charles”.

4. Colonel [ker-nel]

Not to be confused with “colonial”; also the name of the beloved KFC icon, Colonel Harland Sanders.

5. Deteriorate [de-teer-ee-uh-reyt]

So that we don’t deteriorate to “deter-ate”.

6. Epitome [ih-pi-tuh-mee]

Pronouncing this wrongly would be the epitome of humiliation.

7. Film [fill-m]

You don’t want to be caught on camera saying “flim” instead of “fill-m” (as one syllable).

8. Library [lai-bruh-ree]

Especially important when you’re trying to impress your friends with how knowledgeable you are about books.

9. Morale [mo-raal]

Not to be confused with “moral”; the moral of the story is that getting this pronunciation right will boost your morale.

(Morale: the amount of confidence and enthusiasm, etc. that a person or a group has at a particular time)

10. Pronunciation [pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh-n]

Pronounced as it is spelled: pronunciation.