10 English words that you pronounce INCORRECTLY


Hello and welcome back to English with Lucy

I've got a pronunciation video for you today

and it's all about 10 words that you might be pronouncing incorrectly

So, let's get started

Ok so the first word is this one!

How would you say it?

it's not fru-it

There are not two syllables there

We actually pronounce this word 'fruit'


So many students make the mistake of saying 'fru-it'

or fruiiiit, fruiiit

But no, it's just fruit

And fruit is my favourite food

The next word we have is this one

So many students actually pronounce this how they would pronounce it in their own language

Probably the Italians and the Spanish more than anything

But we pronounce this not cha-os

not cha-os

But chaos

We almost add a 'y' sound 'chaos'

It was an absolute chaos

The same with the adjective form.. it was 'chaotic'.

Ok, number three, we have...

Now I remember learning to spell this word when I was at school

and thinking 'wow, that's a crazy spelling'

because it's so different to the pronunciation

Now I've heard all different pronunciations for this word

I've heard kuwew, I've head kyooyoo

But really we just say 'queue', 'queue'

one syllable, and everyone knows that British people

love queueing, queue, to queue, there is a queue

The verb and the noun as well

Now on to number four and this one always makes me laugh when people say this

cause it is really difficult to say. it is...

this one

Now I hear people say 'crips'

I used to work in a cafe with a lot of foreign workers

and they would always say 'Where are the crips?'

and I'd be like 'crips? are you talking about crepes?'

We say 'crisps'

This 'sps' sound is very difficult for some people to say so you need to practice this in the mirror before you brush your teeth every night...crisps

Ok number five is this one

If you like cooking then you should have seen this word before

And most people say resips or reseeps

But it should be recipe

So it's very irregular this word

normally when an e is on the end we don't pronounce it

but in this case we do

recipe, three syllables

OK, number 6, this one..

OK, so many people pronounce this incorrectly.

they want to say every syllable

so they say com-for-ta-ble

but really it's comfortable

comfortable, so it's not com-for-ta-ble, it's just comf-t-ble

OK, so we actually lose a syllable there.

the same goes for number seven which is

not veg-e-ta-ble


not ve-ge-ta-ble



similarly we have number 8

very important word, if you don't know this word then you're crazy

cause it's a big part of my life

I hear many people say 'cho-co-late'

or cho-co-late...choco...choco

but we say chok-lit


So it's just 2 syllables and I understand it's quite hard for many people to pronouce

but, you wanna speak English well you got to practice

so chocolate...chocolate

OK and my last two are days of the week

so number nine...this one...

not one of my favourite days of the week but it's very important to pronounce it correctly

I always hear Tu-es-day


When in reality it's Tuesday

choose, like I want to choose what I'm having for breakfast this morning

Tuesday, not tu-es-day, Tuesday

and then the last one....

Another day of the week

not wed-nes-day....Wednesday

not wed-nes-day...Wednesday

So that's it for this pronunciation lesson

I really hope it helped you

and hopefully you can now pronounce these words more confidently

You will need to repeat and practice again and again and again

but that's part of learning a language so get started now!

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