Work on Your Pronunciation

Most Filipinos can manage to carry on a conversation in English. But to be articulate, one must master grammar and pronounce words correctly. While Filipinos are known to be fluent speakers, there are common words that are frequently mispronounced. What accounts for this? Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO explains, “Unlike Tagalog and Spanish that have only one sound for vowels, English has varied sounds for vowels and consonants. Differing regional accents also explain the varying accents among groups, while others lack English language training and practice to learn to pronounce properly.”Viesca shares the correct pronunciation of words commonly mispronounced:

1. Comfortable ( COM –fort-a-ble , COMF-ta-ble)
2. Salad Nicoise ( Nee SWAHZ)
3. Cache ( Cash)
4. Versailles (Vers-EYE)
5. Affidavit ( Aef I DEI vit)
6. Almond (AEM ond)
7. February (FEB-roo-airy, FEB-roo-a-ree)
8. Heinous (HEI nuhs)
9. Catsup/Ketchup (KETS ep)
10. Chocolate (CHOK lit)
11. Attorney (uh TURN nee)
12. Journal (JER nuhl)
13. Hippopotamus (hip uh PAHT uh muhs)
14. Hacienda ( A CIEN da)

“The trick to speaking English with clarity and impact is understanding the melody and rhythm that is specific to English, but differs in other languages. Therefore, without the music of the English language, pronunciation is a mistake.”- Erin Corrigan

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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