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  • Hi guys! Welcome back to English with Max.

  • Today I'm doing a video on words that you might be saying incorrectly. Who knows?

  • Maybe you already know how to say all of these words. Or maybe you just have difficulties with one or two of them.

  • In any case, please let me know down in the comments. Are they easy?

  • Or do you struggle with some of them?

  • I should also remind you that I'm Australian. Some people have been asking me about my accent.

  • It is an Australian accent, but it is not a typical or a strong Australian accent. It's

  • quite a "neutral" accent, so to speak. So my pronunciation is very close to British

  • pronunciation. However, if I think that the American pronunciation is rather different,

  • I will try to point it out to you.

  • OK, the first word is "pronunciation."

  • I know this is confusing because the verb is "pronounce." So there is an "o" before

  • the "u." But in the noun, there is no "o" in that position. So we have "pronunciation"

  • and not "pronounciation."

  • The second word is "country." Some people get this wrong because there's an "o" in front

  • of the "u", so some people will pronounce it "cownt-ry" or "contry." But, and this is

  • where the video gets a little bit R-rated - I'll just cover Frank's ears -

  • the first part of the word is actually pronounced like this "cunt." "Cunt" is also known as the "C word"

  • in English, because it is considered by most people to be the strongest swear word

  • in the English language. Now, I don't recommend that you use this word,

  • because you could easily offend not only the person you're talking to, but also the people

  • around you. However, if it helps you to remember the pronunciation of "country", that's awesome.

  • Some people pronounce the "t" quite clearly, so they will say "counTry",

  • whereas other people say it more like a "ch". So they say "counCHry." "CounTry" or "counCHry" -

  • either one is correct.

  • Speaking of countries, the third word is "Australia."

  • It's very important, isn't it, Frank?

  • Lots of people pronounce the second "a" as an "uh", so they will say "Austruhlia".

  • But you have to remember that the second "a" is just like the "ay" in "day". So we say: Australia.

  • The fourth word is "series."

  • Some people try to add an additional vowel sound in there. So they'll say something like

  • "ser-i-ehs", but you have to remember that there are only two syllables in this word,

  • so it is "se-ries." What also confuses some people is that there is an "s" at the end.

  • And normally in English, if there is an "s" at the end of a noun, it is, of course, plural.

  • But "series" has an "s" whether it's plural or singular. So you can say: "That is my favourite series."

  • The next word is: chaos.

  • This isn't pronounced "cah-os" or "chay-os". This is "chaos".

  • The sixth word is: thermometer. What's a thermometer? This is a thermometer. We use it to check

  • people's temperature when they are sick to see if they have a fever.

  • Do you have a fever, Frank? Of course, you don't have to just put it in the mouth, you

  • can put it in other places.

  • Even really advanced speakers of English sometimes get this word wrong. It's normally the stress

  • that they will get wrong. The stress is the weight that you put on a syllable.

  • So I've heard people say "THERmo-meter", instead of "thermOmeter". "Thermometer" is the British

  • pronunciation, and the American pronunciation is "thermometer".

  • The next word is also often used in a medical context. This word is: syringe. This is a syringe.

  • Be careful of the "y" in this word. It's not pronounced "sai-ringe", it is "syringe".

  • Word number 8 is: ocean. Yes, this is quite a simple word, but I think because the word

  • is very similar in other languages, some people try to say it in a way that they would probably

  • say it in their language. So sometimes you hear "osayahn". Remember that this word is "ocean".

  • The next word is: Italian. Some of you might be thinking: "How is that hard?"

  • But lots of people actually pronounce the second vowel, so the first "a", as an "uh" instead of "a".

  • So they say "Ituhlian". But just remember that it's "Italian". Some native speakers

  • do say "Aitalian", but it's much more common to say "Italian".

  • And the last word for today, and we've already heard it when I was talking about the thermometer,

  • is: temperature. In British English, we pretend that the second "e" isn't there. We say "temprature".

  • In American English you have a choice. Some Americans say "temprature" and some say "temperature".

  • In any case, in American English you pronounce the "r" at the end of the word.

  • That is it, ladies and gentlemen. How did you go? Have you been saying these words right?

  • Let me know in the comments section down below. Please also give me a thumbs up if you liked

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  • See ya next time!

  • You gonna say bye, Frank?

  • Bye bye.

Hi guys! Welcome back to English with Max.

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