1. Amateur [air-mer-ter]
An amateur would pronounce this as “air-mer-cher”.
2. Awry [aw-rai]
Something’s gone awry when this word is pronounced as “aw-ree”.
3. Chaos [kei-os]
Rhymes with “K. Kloss”, not your classmate “Charles”.
4. Colonel [ker-nel]
Not to be confused with “colonial”; also the name of the beloved KFC icon, Colonel Harland Sanders.
5. Deteriorate [de-teer-ee-uh-reyt]
So that we don’t deteriorate to “deter-ate”.
6. Epitome [ih-pi-tuh-mee]
Pronouncing this wrongly would be the epitome of humiliation.
7. Film [fill-m]
You don’t want to be caught on camera saying “flim” instead of “fill-m” (as one syllable).
8. Library [lai-bruh-ree]
Especially important when you’re trying to impress your friends with how knowledgeable you are about books.
9. Morale [mo-raal]
Not to be confused with “moral”; the moral of the story is that getting this pronunciation right will boost your morale.
(Morale: the amount of confidence and enthusiasm, etc. that a person or a group has at a particular time)
10. Pronunciation [pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuh-n]
Pronounced as it is spelled: pronunciation.