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Hello! Here is a (non-exhausive) list of words that are commonly mispronounced by many people, especially more so in Malaysia.
Here we go!
The L in this one is silent. Pronounced as sa-muhn. Drives me insane especially when people emphasise on the L.
The W is silent. Pronounced as sord.
3 syllables. Me-di-cine instead of med-cine.
Apparently me-di-cine is US pronunciation while med-cine is UK pronunciation! Thanks, Kritz!
2 syllables with a silent D and a silent second E. Wens-day.
5 syllables. Ay-tin-uh-ra-ry. Not itinery!
F-il-m instead of F-luhm.
Fe-sahd. Not fuh-kayd.
Commonly mispronounced as eXpresso instead.
Shi-ka-go. Not chee-ka-go.
10. Any word with a V in it. e.g. violent, victory, very, convocation, etc.
Annoys me to hell when people pronounces their Vs as Ws. So, violent becomes wai-o-lent, victory became wic-tory, very became wary, so on and so forth. Don’t be lazy people, it’s Vee, not Wee!
Ger as in Germany. Not ger as in girl.
Kernel. Yeap, just like a corn kernel.
Pee-nis. Not pen-is.
Fun fact: If you are a Hunger Games fan like me, the couple name of the main characters, Peeta and Katniss, results in Pee-niss! Very unfortunate, but true.
Silent P. Pronounced as noo-moh-nia.
Silent S. Both pronounced like the contraction I’ll.
Silent B. Dout. Please don’t pronounce the B, please.
See above. Pronounced as Det.
Another silent letter! This is pronounced as re-seet.
Yeap, silent B again. Plum-er.
Kin-der-gar-tn. Not kin-der-garden.
You know intuition? Yeah, pronounced the same way – too-ish-un. Not tee-oo-shun.
22. Any word that starts with “TH”. I.e. third, thank you, this, think.
Please pronounce the H. That is definitely NOT silent. Otherwise your third will turn into turd, your thank will turn into tank and we all know that isn’t good.
Peet-za. Not pizz-a.
When referring to your strong point. it’s pronounced as fort. Only when you’re using it in a musical context do you say for-tay.
Jewel-ry. Not jew-lery or jewel-lery.
Again with the silent B. Pronounced as Suht-l.
Para-dime. Definitely not para-dig-um.
Uh-rai. Not aw-ri.
Ih-pit-uh-me. Not epi-tom.
Pronounced as draft, not draw-ght or drought. Keep this in mind the next time you order your draught beer at the pub.
31. Hors d’oeuvres
Those yummy little morsels of food is pronounced as awr-durv.
Poh-poo-ree. No pot here!
Oh this one’s a classic. Lan-zhuh-ray. Guys, get it right.
Baz-ul. Not ba-seal.
37. Foie gras
Pronounced as mar-kit/bas-kit. Not mar-kat/bas-kat.
Malaysians tend to have a lot of problems with this one. St-ill, not st-iw.
Lee-ayz. Not lai-yuhs.
You will not believe how many people pronounces this as “stick” here. This is pronounced the same way as “stake”.
Wa-fuhl, not way-fuhl.
G is silent. La-zahn-yuh. NOT la-sag-nia.
Again, silent G. Bo-luh-neez. Not bol-lock-nees.
4 syllables in this one. A-ba-lo-nee.
Res-tuh-rahnt. Not res-toh-ren.
Pie-nt. Not pin-t.
Pronounced like taro.
49. Faux Pas
Foh-pah. Mispronouncing this is definitely a faux pas.
Saved the best for last! O-rinj, not o-range. I know right? I’ve pronounced this one incorrectly too for most of my life.
So, how many are you guilty of mispronouncing?