Greetings English Learners! This will be my last Post for this year and I have decided to focus on common English words that many of you find difficult to pronounce. My students can usually pronounce these difficult words if I give them an easy keyword containing the same sound.
For example, how would you pronounce the word ache? (Headache, earache, toothache) It’s not easy, is it? However, I’m sure you can say make. Take off the m and you have the same sound: ..ake =ache. Easy!
Check-out the table below. The same sounds are in orange. The Practice sound examples are underlined. Practise saying the words and your speaking and confidence will certainly improve!
Practice & Pictures
bought, thought, taught, caught
What sort of fish have you caught?
Oh no! I just missed the bus!
Too much music makes my head ache.
I feel sick in my stomach.
Remove the l from little and you will be able to say it’ll. It’ll take just a little practice!
Stop! That’s enough rough stuff!
do / food
Do you ever go through all the food in the fridge?
Hisbusiness is very busy.
I’m as bus y as a bee.
Too bus y for coffee.
Who managed to put my baggage in the fridge?!
would, should, could
It would be good if you could chop some wood.
Vampires love blood.
Doctor Ted said, “Ed, go to bed!”
Des says the fez is for Les.
Les says the fez is for Des.
There were sweet treats and Champagne in our Honeymoon suite.
q / cue
To pronounce this strange word, just say the first letter – q. Don’t wait for a cue (a sign); wait in the queue.
How long since you visited SinCity?
So, Jo taught you to sew, did she?
Why do you have fruit in your suit pocket?
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I wish you all the blessings of Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, & Prosperous New Year!
This is gold Such useful information for students on English pronunciation – thank you 😊
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This is gold ! It shows such helpful ways to pronounce difficult words. Thank you.
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Thank you so much Rachel!