Hi there, so in today’s video we’re going
to look at 15 words that I hear mispronounced almost all the time. I can
guarantee that there is at least one word here that you mispronounce, so make sure you stay until the end just to check, maybe you’re okay, we’ll see, but do stay until the end because these ones are very very very commonly
mispronounced. So before we get started, welcome back if
you are a returning subscriber, if you are brand new to my channel, then hello
my name is Emma and if you’re interested in improving your pronunciation or your
accent, particularly with British English, then consider subscribing to my channel
where I post new videos every single Friday. So the first word here is
pronunciation pronunciation, now a lot of people say “pronounce-iation”, even natives so if you say pronounce-iation”, you’re not alone, natives do it as well.
Pronoun, pronoun, pronuncia, so the stress is there, pronunciation,
pronunciation. While we’re here I also want to mention about the verb “to
pronounce”, it is not “pronunce”, “pronoun”, “pronoun”, pronounce, pronounce. The next one is
certificate, certificate, “cate”, notice that I’m not saying “certificATE”, “certificATE”,
which is what a lot of students do, certificate. So that ending is very weak,
it’s with a schwa, certificate. This one is super important to get right, a lot of
students move the stress and they accidentally say “impotent” which means
something completely different. I will let you google that one, important,
important, the stress is on the second syllable. That’s very important to know.
Important, important. The next one is “heart”, in British English we don’t
pronounce the R, heart, “ahh”, heart. A lot of students say “hurt”, “my hurt” but that’s
a different word, heart, heart. This one is “iron”, now in British English it is
pronounced differently to in American English, so that R is not pronounced in
British English, do be aware of that. Iron, iron. Not “i-Ron”, iron, the R is completely
removed, iron. Recipe, recipe, recipe, not “reci-p”, careful. Recipe. Now this one gets confused with recipe, quite a lot and it’s receipt,
receipt, now the P is completely silent in this one, don’t ask me why it’s there,
it’s just there. Receipt, receipt. Remove that P, receipt. Colonel, Colonel. It’s not
a common word but it is one that people come across from time to time especially
if they watch a lot of TV series and films it’s not “colo-nel” so that first L is
silent, “co-nel” “ker”, “er”, so it’s the same sound as in “girl”, okay, “ker”, colonel, remove that first L it’s completely silent. Forget it. Chaos, chaos, chaos, not “cao-s”, don’t be influenced by the spelling here,
“kei”, “kei”, chaos, chaos, be very careful with that one. This is a common one, fruit,
fruit. People, again, they get influenced by the spelling and they say “froo-it”, “froo-it”, but forget that “i”, it’s just a long “oo”, fruit, fruit. Would you like some “choc-oh-leit” or “choc-oh-lat”, no, chocolate, chocolate. There are just two syllables in English there are not three. “Choc-let”,
and notice that second one is not “leit” and it’s not “lat” and it’s definitely
not “la-te”, chocolate, “lat”, “lat”, “lat”, it’s with a schwa. Okay? Chocolate, chocolate. Another one, I hear this pronounced as “com-for-tei-ble” and
“com-for-table quite a lot. Comfortable, comfortable. How many syllables am I
pronouncing? It’s with three, comfortable, comfortable. “comf-tuh-bul”. You see I very quickly transition there from that “m” to the “f” “comf”, comfortable, three syllables, comfortable.
Colleague, colleague, this is not the same as college, which a lot of people
pronounce it like. College is a place where you study, colleague is the person
you work with. Colleague, colleague. Psychology, psychology, a lot of students
pronounce that “psy” as “si” and they say “psi-chology” “psi-cotherapist”, for example. “I’m a psi-chologist”. But it’s not “si”, it is “sai”, the beginning “psy” is always “sai”
in English. Psychology, psychotherapist, psychotherapy, psychologist, they’re all
with “sai”. And the last one, probably the most commonly confused and mispronounced one, is entrepreneur, entrepreneur, entrepreneur. So that ending “uh”
“en-tre-pre-neur”, entrepreneur. I hope this video has helped you a lot with your pronunciation
and any words that you maybe mispronounced. Do let me know below, which words did you mispronounce from the video? Were there any or did you get them all right? If you got them all right, perfect. Let me know in the comments as well. But anyway, I hope you enjoyed this video. If you haven’t already then do subscribe to
my channel, remember I post videos every single Friday, also don’t forget to like
this video if you’ve enjoyed it and you’ve learned something new. It’s just a
free way to help me out. I hope you have a lovely week. I will see you very soon
bye bye.

TOP 15 COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS by English Learners/Non-native Speakers

100 thoughts on “TOP 15 COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS by English Learners/Non-native Speakers

  • November 29, 2019 at 6:06 pm
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    Remember to subscribe for weekly videos!
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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    Great work on pronunciation

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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    Please Emma make some also story long time vlog

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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    Hello, Emma! Hope you're doing well. ^^ I wanted to ask you about your upcoming course. Is there any news? I'm really excited about it. 💜

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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Hi Emma☺ I don't get to pronounce "clothe" "clothes" "through " "throughout" and all the words that contain "th" ☺😉

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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    Hello Emma my fivere teacher i'm frome Algéria i like your vidéo well thank you ❤

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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Thanks for the lesson..
    It's so awesome….and l love watching every videos of yours every friday…

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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Many thanks teacher Emma for your great help to correct our mispronounce of some English words.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    Good video as usual. Got me at certificate and iron. I think you should try and visit the northeast of Scotland for some challenging experience in English pronunciation.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    The most difficult word for me to pronounce NEWS in british accent

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    Amazing Emma, greetings from Spain 🌷

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    Emma!!! Creo que te amooo.. 🤔🤔🤔 ah, y creo que que pronuncio bien todas estas palabras del video.
    Saludos. 👋👋👋

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    Can you demonstrate 'regime' and 'genre'?
    Also, for the word 'fifth', do you pronounce 'f' and 'th' together?
    Thanks a lot!

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    4444y

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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    The half of the words I mispronounced. 😬 But now I have tools to improve, thank you Emma.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    Thanks. I think these words are easy to pronounce. As for me, the most difficult words to pronounce and read are: quay, aisle, queue.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    I admire you teacher

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    Hello Emma excellent video, see you next friday happy weekend.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    Thank you, Emma❣️
    I mispronounced the words: recipe, certificate, and receipt.🙃

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    Entrepreneur is a quite difficult word to pronounce, Emma. In Portuguese it says empreendedor.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    Hi Emma 🙋🏼‍♀️
    For me it’s piece of cake 👍🏻
    ♥️

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    I mispronounce every word you said in this lesson!
    😭😭😭

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    Colonel is the most difficult . Chocolate is the most surprising

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    Thank you Emma

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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    I am not a native speaker and pronounce these words correctly. Lol:)) yeah, being a native speaker does not guarantee that your pronunciation is 100% correct.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    Keep it up.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    Thanks ever so much, Emma. They are really common mis-pronounced words.
    Pronunciation
    Certificate
    Important
    Heart
    Iron
    Recipe
    Receipt
    Colonel
    Chaos
    Fruit
    Chocolate
    Comfortable
    Colleague
    Psychology
    Entrepreneur

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  • November 29, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Hola Emma , Thank U for your video, some words are similar to Spanish for that reason is a bit confusing for me but it’s okay I just need to practice following your pronunciation.
    U are great and gorgeous.
    Have a nice weekend 😉
    Muchas Gracias 😊

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  • November 29, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    The last one confused me a bit (and I added it to my watch later list), but the others were just fine to me

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  • November 29, 2019 at 9:31 pm
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    I have to share this one with my students although I must add another word to the list "pencil". They keep mispronouncing this one.

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  • November 29, 2019 at 9:36 pm
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    Nicely Done Thanks a lot Miss

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  • November 29, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    Great video, my words are ;Heart Iron (this is very difficult) and Chaos

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  • November 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Great teacher!

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  • November 29, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    thank you for the lesson Emma!! Does this "e" (n3:) have a name? 5:55

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  • November 29, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Thanks Emma. I just know I made mistake to pronunció "Iron".

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  • November 29, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Thanks

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  • November 29, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    ''I will let you google that one'' 1:44 😂😂

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  • November 29, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    Thanks Emma

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  • November 29, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    Hi Emma Great Work

    But I would request you kindly make a video on wh questions and use of that.
    I am also teaching English to the students at my Academy kindly keep on updating me if anything is new there in Language teaching activities.
    Thanks

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  • November 29, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    Oh my days!! I was pronouncing wrong the name of my favorite band my whole life! How many times did I say IRON Maiden wrong!!!! I used to pronounce the "r", and I thought my pronunciation was spot on….  silly me! After watching your video (to convince myself) I looked for interviews made to the band by British speaking people and…  OF COURSE they said the word the way you did. What was I expecting? Now I will start to say it right, since they are British I will skip the "r" altogether, and it will sound so weird… 'cause everybody here (Spanish spoken country) says "ayron", they will roll their eyes at me… Emma, this kind of videos are so simple but so so so useful!!! Keep up the great job!

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  • November 30, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    Hi Emma, I've been wondering for a while if when we say the word "almost" the letter L is silent or not? Thanks for your answer and have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  • November 30, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    Thanks

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  • November 30, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    How do you pronounce anxiety,anxious

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  • November 30, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    Eres muy bonita

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  • November 30, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    I love British English I love your class and I think you pretty woman

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  • November 30, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    FANTASTIC , AMAZING, DIFFICULT
    I HAVE TO LISTEN SEVERAL TIMES

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  • November 30, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    Thank you, emma 😊

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    Excellent class Emma

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    Entrepreneur is hard to pronounce and write.😅

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    Thank you madam. Very useful lesson.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    Thank you, Emma !
    How to pronounce these "taught, touch "words correctly ?

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  • November 30, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Love you emma

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  • November 30, 2019 at 3:39 am
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    Hi Emma. I enjoyed the video 😀 thank you❤️

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  • November 30, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    That is great having this video.
    I learned a lot from you.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    very helpful video thanks mam

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  • November 30, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    I am from India, I really enjoyed your videos and keeps waiting your next Friday. This video corrects my Misprounounciation.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    thank you so much Emma for this very useful video, 'chocolate for you 🍫 (I was mispronouncing 'chocolate' and 'certificate' till time, i knew the rest )

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  • November 30, 2019 at 5:35 am
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    Thank you Emma. A great lesson. A would like to listen to your voice every day! I'm so lucky that my surname is not Colonel nor my military rank. 🙃

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  • November 30, 2019 at 6:29 am
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    Great lesson Emma 👏 really helpful eventhough I pronounce these 15 words perfect like you did 👍

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  • November 30, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    My lovely teacher

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  • November 30, 2019 at 7:27 am
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    Good

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  • November 30, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    Really…..?
    We don't pronounce those wrong….

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  • November 30, 2019 at 8:20 am
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    Nice…… I look up to you for your talent…… You are really amazing girl you know…. Your every video is nice……. 💙💙💙💙….From London

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  • November 30, 2019 at 11:29 am
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    After 17 hours! ⏰ 😴
    Thank you ☺️

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  • November 30, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    Hi Emma ☺ I get the feeling that the British accent sounds like or is close to the Australian accent. Isn't it? As well for the English British and Australian are quite very close, similar ? I am right or wrong ?
    Thanks for your time☺
    Best wishes ☺

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  • November 30, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    Love your videos.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    I have learnt alot though Hornbil festival gonna start tomorrow here in Kohima but I won't never miss your video!!! Thank's Emma🤝

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    I had never heard 'colonel' before 🤭 Now, it's clear 😉 By the way, I have some words you may find useful to add to your list of mispronounced words for future videos:
    – FAVOURITE/FAVORITE
    – INTERESTING
    – HISTORY
    – MOUNTAIN
    – FOUNTAIN

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    It was a surprise to know 'chocolate' has 2 syllables 😄

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    It's amazing vedio thx emma u're❤ wonderful the word that I couldn't pronounce it is the last one it is terrible 😭

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  • November 30, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    It's very useful lesson. Beautiful madam good evening

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  • November 30, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    I used to mispronounce the word "certificate". Thanks a lot for this video.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    The psychology word, the song is very difficult for me. Congratulation for you make this creative vídeo.

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  • November 30, 2019 at 4:54 pm
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    Out of curiosity I wish I know how would you pronounce :
    1- fur : a fur coat .
    2-fair : All we are asking for is a fair response or wage .
    All the best .
    🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

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  • November 30, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Colonel😭😭😭😭😭😭 always pronounced wrong thanks Tr

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  • November 30, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    very very good job wow 🙂

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  • November 30, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    I'm impotent man… Oh, I mean important man ;D

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  • November 30, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    So colonel is pronounced like kernel? That's why I made confusion when they said they needed to kill the colonel then I started to think: Before they kill the kernel they need to kill Linus Torvalds first ;D

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  • November 30, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    I love your serious face in the thumbnail on this video, it's something like this…: '🤨' okay, ya. 😂 Bueno , I haven't any problem with these words, however… I mispronounced bad "iron" all of this time. My great secret to pronounce well these words, is visiting Cambridge and Oxford's online dictionaries. When I see a new word I play the buttom sound once, twice… a hundred times. IDK what is the idiom/phrasal verb in English for the next sentence, but it's my: Pan de cada día visiting these websites every day.

    Thanks, Emma (sorry for being late) take care. ❤️️

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  • November 30, 2019 at 8:02 pm
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    Hey Emma,do you think it sounds weird when we pronounce words both in AE and BE , i like BE accent but sometimes it's hard to change things , such as 'r' sound in 'iron' 🙂

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  • November 30, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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    Oh, thank you Emma, it’s indeed very useful

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  • November 30, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Thanks سوپاس 😁

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  • November 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    Thanks

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  • December 1, 2019 at 7:34 am
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    Very nice video.Thanks for important words pronunciation.

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  • December 1, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    It helps alot

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  • December 1, 2019 at 10:36 am
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    I find it difficult to pronounce the words because we are learning an American accent in Turkey. But I admire the British accent. Thx for the video Emma! 🙂

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  • December 1, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    Hi Emma, nice video as always, I got them all right !
    I think that the oddest pronunciation in British English is Lieutenant, leftenant, although no f appears in the spelling!
    Everytime I fly Alitalia they say that " the Kree'oo welcomes you on board" haha! So crew is another mispronounced word, at least here in Italy

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  • December 1, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    Hi Emma ,
    l'm sagar from India.
    I just want to tell you that some of the words from this lesson I used to mispronounce now It won't happen ahead.
    I really enjoy your teaching , it's great pleasure to learn English by you.

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  • December 1, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    English does not have defined pronunciation rules, unlike my native language
    Thanks a lot EMMA

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  • December 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    What does it mean receipt , I just researched it and I saw that there a lot of meaning of this word. You use that generally for what ?

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  • December 1, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    I was pronouncing wrongly to just comfortable and the absurd thing is that , I thought that that's true for a very long time without any doubt 😀

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  • December 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    Thank you

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  • December 1, 2019 at 7:05 pm
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    Hope you don’t correct your boyfriend and mates. That would be tiresome

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  • December 1, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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    Thanks to your video I realised that I was mispronouncing PRONUNCIATION,
    but my students mispronunce all of them!

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  • December 1, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    you have beautiful eyes, cute lady =)

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  • December 2, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    Emma, is there any difference in pronunciation of certificate as a noun and certificate as a verb?

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  • December 2, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    Lovely❣️Thank you, Emma😊✨
    Have a beautiful day💓

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  • December 2, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Hello Emma, hopefully you're doing great!
    you know how much your accent grabs my attention, I do love listening to you!! It's a fascinating accent sounds to me like a poetry. I passed the IELTS test last year and I've been listening to many native speakers, but you become one of my favorite teachers and you have also great way to convey the message. So please take advantages of your outstanding qualities and please plan to make videos with more valuable topics. Anyway if you need any topic suggestions, I'd be grateful to give ones and this is my number 2126 13 48 22 68 if you want to contact me for more information. Have a nice day 😀

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  • December 2, 2019 at 12:22 pm
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    All the words I mis pronunce except psychology.

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  • December 2, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Hi Emma ☺
    Foreign learners have some difficulties to pronounce the word "experience ,and plural, experiences"
    Thanks for your time ☺

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