These Savvies explore the topic of Speaking in more detail —
Strengthening your vocabulary is one of the most effective steps you can take in improving your communication skills.
One way to strengthen your vocabulary is to correctly pronounce the words you already know and use.
"Ask" causes some people a lot of pronunciation problems. And that's surprising, because it's only a three-letter word and it's pronounced exactly the way it's spelled!
Another word that sometimes gives people problems is "across".
"Forte" (a noun meaning "strength", as in "His forte is public speaking") is a bombshell of a word. People use it because it's a powerful word, but when they do, most people mispronounce it.
If you spell "February" with only one "r" (Febuary), it's misspelled. If you pronounce "February" with only one "r", it's mispronounced.
For some strange reason, many people insist on saying "athlete" with three syllables — ath-uh-lete. It's not spelled that way, and it's not pronounced that way.
How should you pronounce "minute"? There's no way of telling without knowing what context it's being used in!
"Coop" (sometimes spelled with a hyphen, co-op) is a tricky word! How you pronounce it depends on its context!
Lots of people have a problem with government; some people have a problem pronouncing government.