Oral: 10 Words You May Find Difficult to Pronounce

“It's leviOsa, not levioSA!” 

  • Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 


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.