Difficult Pronunciation & How to Remember It – Part 1

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 and you have the same sound: ..ake = acheEasy! 

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! 

Difficult Words Key Words Practice & Pictures
bought, thought,
taught, caught
sort What sort of fish have you caught?              🐠 🐟 🐠 🐟 🐠
bus just,
Oh no! I just missed the bus!
make Too much music makes my head ache.      😫
stomach sick I feel sick in my stomach.
it’ll little Remove the l from little and you will be able to say it’ll. It’ll take just a little practice!
enough, rough,
stuff Stop! That’s enough rough  stuff!

through do / food Do you ever go through all the food in the fridge? 
busy      business His business is very busy. 
busy, coffee bee I’m as bus y   as a  bee. 🐝
Too bus y   for coffee.
manage, baggage fridge Who managed to put my baggage in the fridge?!
would, should, could good /
It would be good if you could chop some wood.
man holding brown axe towards firewood on selective focus photography
love Vampires love blood.
said     bed  Doctor Ted said, “Ed, go to bed!” 🛌
says   fez Des says the fez is for Les.
Les says the fez is for Des.
suite    sweet There were sweet treats and Champagne in our Honeymoon suite.

queue 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.
since sin city How long since you visited Sin City?
sew   so So, Jo taught you to sew, did she?
suit fruit Why do you have fruit in your suit pocket?
man in black suit jacket with blue necktie

* That’s all for now. Make sure you click ‘Follow’ if you would like to receive Part 2 and more Posts to help you in your English journey.  

See below for a playlist of Christmas songs, with subtitles so you can song along, by Michael Buble.

✨ I wish you all the blessings of Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, & Prosperous New Year!

This entry was posted in Elementary (Level 2), Intermediate (Level 4), Pre-Intermediate (Level 3), Speaking & Pronunciation, Vocabulary. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Difficult Pronunciation & How to Remember It – Part 1

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is gold Such useful information for students on English pronunciation – thank you 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is gold ! It shows such helpful ways to pronounce difficult words. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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