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  • Hello and welcome to English with Lucy.

  • Now, if this is your first time visiting my channel

  • then let me just introduce myself.

  • I am an English teacher from England

  • and I teach English as a foreign language.

  • Now I've already done a video on 10 words

  • that non-native speakers tend to pronounce incorrectly

  • and today I'm going to talking about 10 words

  • that native speakers pronounce incorrectly.

  • So if you're a native English speaker then

  • keep watching the video and see if there are any

  • that you didn't know that you were pronouncing incorrectly.

  • When I did the research for this video,

  • I really surprised myself because there was a word

  • that I use quite a lot that I, up until today,

  • have been pronouncing incorrectly.

  • Non-native speakers, you are more than welcome as well

  • just to generally improve your pronunciation

  • and practise your listening with me here.

  • Disclaimer, you can pronounce the words however you want.

  • I really do not mind.

  • I also know that there are many differences

  • between British English and American English

  • and other English and I'm not saying

  • that American English is wrong.

  • My channel is about British English

  • so that's what I'm talking about today.

  • I actually think that American English

  • can be more logical at times so well done Webster.

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  • Okay, back to the class.

  • Now the first word on my list,

  • there are 10 in total, is this one.

  • Yes, it's not really a word.

  • It's a letter, but it has been pronounced incorrectly

  • so many times by so many native speakers

  • and I must say I was a culprit when I was younger.

  • I used to say this incorrectly.

  • It should be pronounced H, H.

  • But a lot of people pronounce it H, H.

  • Now it does make more sense to pronounce the letter

  • that makes the h sound with the h sound

  • at the beginning of it, h.

  • But alas, that is not the official way.

  • Now no one's going to get cross with you

  • if you pronounce it incorrectly, but originally,

  • in the 19th century, words like herb, hotel and hospital

  • were pronounced erb, otel, and ospital.

  • And then it was a battle of the classes,

  • and then we started pronouncing the h on everything

  • and now the breathy h is a big part of the English,

  • of the British English language.

  • Now you might notice that Americans do actually still

  • pronounce herb, erb.

  • There are two accepted pronunciations.

  • You can say both herb and erb in America.

  • Now the next one is something that I eat for breakfast

  • most mornings which is, yeah I know.

  • This for breakfast?

  • It gives me a lot of energy.

  • This is pronounced salmon

  • but a lot of native speakers say salmon

  • but it should be salmon, but salmon.

  • So the L in salmon is silent.

  • Moving on to number three, this one,

  • much the same, almond, shouldn't be pronounced almond.

  • The L again is silent.

  • Then we have the word that I found out

  • that I had been pronouncing incorrectly.

  • So the word is, number four, this one.

  • How would you say it?

  • Go on, say it aloud, no one's listening.

  • It should be pronounced with three syllables.

  • Mischievous, but up until today,

  • I have always pronounced it mischievous

  • with four syllables.

  • Now I phoned up one of my friends

  • who coincidentally speaks Spanish and I asked her,

  • how would you pronounce a word for naughty

  • that begins with m, and she said mala.

  • (laughs)

  • Which I found quite funny but no, I talked to my friends

  • and they all pronounced it mischievous as well.

  • I did some research on this and for the majority

  • of under 35s, this is the way

  • that we pronounce mischievous.

  • So I wonder whether the word will evolve

  • and mischievous will become accepted

  • but really, it's not in the spelling,

  • so I wonder where that came from.

  • Now the next one is something that I often

  • hear pronounced incorrectly, but it's such

  • a tiny tiny mistake.

  • Some people pronounce this word et cetera.

  • Et cetera with an x like et cetera.

  • Or et cetera, et cetera but it should be et cetera.

  • Now the next one, number six, Italians, this is for you.

  • All the coffee lovers will know this.

  • It's not expresso, it's espresso, espresso.

  • There is no x in there.

  • We've got it mixed up with the word express.

  • So make sure you remember that one next time

  • you order a coffee.

  • Now the next one is another case of extra

  • syllables being added in.

  • This one is just two syllables but many people

  • pronounce it with three.

  • It should be athlete, athlete.

  • But many natives will say athlete, athlete.

  • So remember, two syllables, not three.

  • Now the next one is my personal favourite on this list.

  • It is this one and for all the non-natives, it might seem

  • quite obvious that it's pronounced specifically.

  • Specifically, but some people do say pacifically

  • so they get the wrong spelling as well

  • and the wrong pronunciation.

  • So, I guess pacifically comes from the pacific ocean,

  • I'm not sure but people have heard it,

  • written it down wrong and a couple of people, not many,

  • will say pacifically instead of specifically.

  • Now the next one, number nine, this one.

  • Now this is a word that I hear Americans pronounce

  • incorrectly more often than the British.

  • I don't want to cause any rivalry there.

  • We have our faults, I know we have our faults.

  • We add in extra us and we have funny spellings.

  • Now this should be, for British, ask,

  • and for Americans, ask.

  • But there are a few people that will say axe.

  • Now it is a notoriously difficult combination

  • of phonemes the sk together

  • so they just forget the first s sound and say axe.

  • Now the last one, the popular super food, not quinoa,

  • as I called it for quite a long time.

  • It's actually pronounced, quinoa,

  • but how would you know this by looking at it.

  • I had no idea, quinoa.

  • I feel a bit ridiculous saying quinoa.

  • It sounds too posh but yes, not quinoa, or quinoa, quinoa.

  • Alright guys, so that was my list of 10 words

  • that native speakers sometimes, quite often,

  • pronounce incorrectly so you learned the one

  • that I pronounce incorrectly, mischievous, not mischievous,

  • I must remember that.

  • And maybe you learned something too.

  • If you can think of any more words

  • that are pronounced incorrectly by native speakers,

  • make sure you comment below.

  • I'd love to hear them.

  • And I'll see you very soon for another English class.

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  • Bye.

Hello and welcome to English with Lucy.

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B1 incorrectly pronounced pronounce quinoa mischievous native

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