10 mispronounced words in EDUCATION and ACADEMIA | American English Pronunciation Lesson



Hey, it's Hadar and this is the Accent's Way. Today I'm going to teach you how to pronounce the top ten words in education. Let's begin with 'education' You start with an 'eh' sound and then it's a 'dj' sound. It is not a 'd-' sound there is no 'd' here. It's a 'dj' as in 'judge' as in 'Germany' 'eh-dj' 'dj' The next vowel is an 'u' as in 'cook'. Primary stress right after is 'KEI'. And then you drop again to 'sh'n' 'sh'n' It's a Schwa. So don't pronounce it as 'shion'. It is not French. 'eh-dju-KEI-sh'n' If it's difficult for you to pronounce the 'u' as in 'cook' in the second syllable, then just drop it to a schwa. 'eh-dj'-KEI-sh'n' 'academia' 'academia' the first sound is the 'a' as in 'cat' and then it's a 'k' sound. A 'k' and a schwa 'a-kuh' So it's not 'aca' 'a-kuh' 'DEE', high 'e', so pull your lips to the side, and then another high 'e' but a little lower in pitch, because it's not the primary stress 'a-kuh-DEE-mee' And then it's a 'y' sound and another schwa. 'yuh' 'yuh' It's like you're very cool about it. 'yuh' 'a-kuh-DEE-mee-yuh' 'a-kuh-DEE-mee-yuh' 'student' 'student', start with an 's' sound and then stop it abruptly with a 't' 'st' And then open it up to an 'uw' as in 'food' 'stew' 'stew' The long 'uw' sound is a transitional sound, so you hear it forming up as you pronounce it 'stew' 'ew' So bring your lips forward at the end, imagine like you have a little 'w'. 'stew' Don't add any vowels at the beginning. Not 'estudent' No start with a long 's' 's…' Move on to the 't' and then to long 'uw' sound. 'stew' The second part is 'dn't' 'dn't' That's kind of a weird sound. That's because the 'd', the 'n' and the 't' blend in together, for all three consonants here, the tip of the tongue is up. So basically what you're doing is you bring the tip of the tongue up for the 'd' You make a 'd' sound, but you don't release it. 'dn't' You just release it through the nose, so you don't drop your tongue. 'dn't' And then the 'n' is held abruptly by the held 't' at the end. 'dn't' 'dn't' So it's 'stew-dn't' 'stew-dn't' If it's too difficult, you can release slightly the 'd'. 'stew-dn't' 'stew-dn't' So either 'stew-dn't' or 'stew-dn't' Both are okay, use whatever feels more comfortable. 'pedagogy' 'pedagogy', it's a 'p' sound at the beginning of the word, so it's aspirated. So it feels like there is a little 'h' after 'peh' 'peh' 'pehdagogy' 'pehdagogy' 'peh' 'peh' Then you drop your jaw for the 'e' as in 'red'. The second syllable is 'd' 'd' It's a 'd' sound and then a schwa. Because the 'd' is between two vowels, it's a very light 'd'. 'peh-d' 'peh-d' The next syllable is 'gow' as in 'go away'. So you have a 'g' sound and then a long 'ow' diphthong. So make sure you start with an open 'o' and then close it to an 'u', as if there is a 'w' there 'gow' 'gow' 'p-eh-d'-gow' And then it's a 'dj' sound and a high 'e' 'djee' 'djee' 'p-eh-d'-gow-djee' I have heard people saying 'p-eh-d'-gaa-djee' with the 'aa' as in 'father', so both are okay, you can either say 'p-eh-d'-gow-djee' or 'p-eh-d'-ga-djee' The next pair is 'thesis' and 'theses' singular and plural. To say the word 'thesis' you start with a 'th' sound, so make sure you stick the tongue out and release air. Allow the air to pass otherwise it's still gonna sound like a 't' 't-sis' 'th' And then push the tongue forward for a high 'e', pull the lips to the sides a bit 'thee' 'thee' The second syllable is 'sis' 'sis' An 's' sound, not a 'z', is not 'thezis' But an 's', a relaxed 'i' as in 'sit' and another 's' at the end. 'thee-sis' You can also drop the second syllable into a Schwa 'the-s's' 'thee-sis' or 'the-s's' That's the singular form, to say the plural form change the second syllable into a high 'e' sound and a 'z' at the end. 'thee-seez' 'thee-seez' 'see' as in 'I see you' 'sees' as in 'he sees it' 'thee-seez' 'thee-sis' and 'thee-seez' 'syllabus' It's an 's' sound and the 'i' as in 'sit'. 'si', that's the primary stress, so it's going to be higher in pitch than the rest of the syllables 'si' The second syllable is an 'L' sound and a schwa. 'luh' 'luh' The 'L' is a little heavy, so you want to engage the back of your tongue a bit 'luh' But don't make it too heavy. 'si-luh' And then it's a 'b' sound, a schwa and an 's' 'si-luh-b's' 'si-luh-b's' To say the plural form, you want to end it with 'bai' as in 'bye bye for now' 'si-luh-bai' 'si-luh-bai' You can also say 'syllabuses'. No one's gonna kill you. 'syllabi' or 'syllabuses' 'curriculum' 'curriculum', you start with a 'k' sound and then a schwa ' k' ' ' k' ' A 'k' sound is also aspirated at the beginning of a word, so there is a little 'h' after ' k' ' ' k' ' The primary stress is the second syllable, an 'r' sound and the 'i' as in sit. 'ri' 'ri' Round your lips for the 'r', pull the tongue in and make sure your tongue doesn't touch anything. So it's not 'k'-RRi' or 'k'-gri' 'k'-ri' The next syllable is a 'k' sound a 'y' and a Schwa. 'k'-ri-kyuh' 'yuh' Don't skip the 'yuh' sound 'k'-ri-kyuh', it's a 'y' as in 'yes', and then a schwa. 'k'-ri-kyuh' And then an 'L' sound, make it a little darker by engaging the back of your tongue, a schwa sound and an 'm'. ' l'm ' ' l'm ' 'k'-ri-kyuh-l'm' A lot of schwas in this word. 'k'-ri-kyuh-l'm' 'graduate' or 'graduate' Both the noun and the verb are spelled the same but pronounced differently. Let's start with a noun let's start with a noun A 'graduate' For example, a high school graduate. You start with a 'g' sound, and then round your lips for the 'r' and lift the tongue up 'gr' And then it's the 'a' as in 'cat' 'gra' 'gra' Then it's a 'dj' sound, again a 'd' that sounds like a 'dj' as in 'giraffe' 'gra-dj' Don't forget to round your lips at the end, close them up nicely to a 'w' sound. 'gra-djuw' And then for the noun, we finish it up with a schwa. ' w't' ' ' w't' ' 'gra-dju-w't' In between you have a sound that sounds like a 'w' sound 'gra-dju-w't' ' w't' ' The verb ends with 'eit', so again, it spelled the same, but the verb turns into the 'ei' as in 'day'. So the beginning is the same 'gra-dju-weit' 'gra-dju-weit' 'I'm a high school graduate' or 'I need to graduate high school' 'methodology', you start with an 'm' sound and then is the 'e' as in 'red' 'meh' 'meh' Then stick the tongue out for the 'th' and drop your tongue down right after to a schwa ' meh-th' ' ' th' ' ' th' ' You want to make sure that air passes between your tongue and teeth so it doesn't sound like a 't' 'meh-t' 'meh-t' ' meh-th' ' Then the primary stress is a 'd' sound and then the 'aa' as in 'father' 'meh-th'-daa' 'daa' Drop your jaw, relax your lips. It's not 'meh-th'-do' 'meh-th'-daa' Both vowels here are not an 'o' sound. One is a schwa 'uh' One is the 'aa' and father 'aa' 'meh-th'-daa' And then the suffix '-logy', is an 'l' sound and then a schwa L L A 'dj' sound 'dj' And then a high 'e' L-djee' L-djee' 'l'-djee' As in 'anthropology' 'geology' and 'methodology' 'methodology' 'campus' 'I love hanging around the campus' 'campus' It starts with a 'k' sound and then it's the 'a' as in 'cat' Push your tongue forward, pull the lips to the sides and drop your jaw. 'ka' 'kam' Because there is an 'm' sound right after, the 'a' sound is a little milder, it's a little stretched out. It's not a pure strict 'a' sound as in the word 'cat', listen to the difference 'cat' 'kam' 'kam' If I were to pronounce it the same, it would have sounded like 'kam' 'kam' Sounds a little British. In American English when the 'a' appears before a nasal sound like an 'm' or an 'n', we stretch it out.' It's like we're adding an 'e' sound before or a schwa sound right after 'kam' 'kam' As in 'camera' or 'campaign' 'kam' 'kam' The second syllable is a 'p' sound, a schwa and an 's' ' p's ' ' p's ' ' p's ' So it's not an 'u' sound, it's not 'kam-pus' or 'kam-pos' It's 'kam-p's' ' p's ' Make sure that you do stick the tongue forward for the front vowel 'a' 'kam' and you don't centralize it to something like 'compass' 'compass' Because then it will start sounding like the 'aa' as in father and that's already a different word. 'compass' 'compass' 'campus' 'compass' That's it! These were the top ten words in education. If you liked it and you want to practice it, you can download a list of all of these ten words. You'll get a PDF sheet with the words written out phonetically and also an audio of me saying these words with examples in sentences. And the only way to change your pronunciation habits and learn the new pronunciation is by repetition so you can do it with the audio drills. That's it, don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and please share this video with your friends your students, your teachers and anyone else that is curious about education like me. Also, let me know in the comments below which word was completely new to you and if you have other suggestions for more words, write them in the comments below as well. Thank you for watching, and I will see you next week in the next video. Bye.

50 thoughts on “10 mispronounced words in EDUCATION and ACADEMIA | American English Pronunciation Lesson”

  1. Hey there! Thanks for watching 🙂 Let me know what you think👇 If you're a student in the US or U.K. Tell me what you study!

  2. Many thanks to you all active teachers in all over the world. I lissten to you for ten hours in each day. Bye

  3. Y aquí dejo un comentario en español…me encantó, no sabía como pronunciar "pedagogy" te ganaste un suscriptor más

  4. You are the best one……may we have please most common verb and adjective with examples thanks in advance

  5. Your teaching is fantastic! Such highest level as your American English pronunciation ( espationly for any Hebrew speaker is tremendous achievement! You're real Talant. I gonna watch your lessons! I would be hope to get something like, but i'm not sure that be able to do it. Good luck and big thanks!

  6. Hadar, a question for ya…never understood TH,,, when we say TH word will it sound like a t> ? when I say TH I pronounce as if I amn saying a T,,,, wrong> ? whats the sound of TH?? man, that's hard!

  7. I don't understand why teachers try to inculcate the pronunciation which they have learnt. Student is also pronounced as ˈstuː.dənt in US pronunciation but you are asking me to change it to UK pronunciation. Why should I change my pronunciation which is more natural to me? Please don't confuse us with the pronunciations anymore.

  8. Hi Hadar! I think it was the one of the most useful lessons I've ever seen before. Your lessons are sort of magic for me, I've started to pronounce all this "r" and "th" stuff in only two or three days! Paying attention to studying for years it was really incredible and unexpectable. Now I'm becoming your stickler and wish you'll keep it up.

  9. Hi, I just discovered your videos and I think they're great! I wanted to watch your interactive list of the "50 words you probably mispronounce" but the link doesn't work. Can you tell me how to get there? Thank you so much!

  10. This is a great channel to learn a lot. I have committed to watch and work with you for the next 6 months. How is that sounds?

  11. I have to say that my pronunciation has improved a lot since I started to watch your videos. You are a great teacher and the way you explain how to pronounce words is far better than many native speakers. Thank you very very much for that.

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  13. Another channel gem, and let me tell you why… not only did I find good and clear explanations, but also I found dynamic graphics syncing seamlessly which creates a catching experience ! Lot of work behind the scenes I guess, but you stand out from many people who just speak in front of a camera. Congratulations, you have mixed content with lovely video shotting and editing skills ! Demian from Argentina, new subscriber !

  14. English ! What a beautiful language ! Even within words Its all about melody..thank you so much. My favorite was curriculum de 😜

  15. Ur unflagging efforts have proven that there r great academicians who can help the learners to touch the sky

  16. hi Miss Haddar, great to see your useful videos on improving the accent. I would like if you can share one session on the rules of handling the punctuation such as comma, colon, semi-colon. Also how to differentiate the pronunciation of the plural 'S' and apostrophe S. etc

  17. Education is WRONG. The only time the "d" in English sounds like "j" is when there is a "ure" combination (e.g. endure). Otherwise it is "d" followed by a yod which produces a sound similar to our D+soft sign in Russian. Sometimes those aiming for a more authentic pronunciation genuinely pronounce the "d" and yod separately, so you hear "ed – yoo – kay – shun" or "d – yook" (for "duke").

  18. Great chanel, have you made any video in which you teach how to pronounce certainty? is one of the most difficult to me.

  19. Hey Hadar! Could you make a video of common homophones? I struggled for years trying to figure out any difference between coarse and course until I realize they are pronounced the same haha. Thank you! Your classes are incredible!

  20. Can you make a video on how to pronounce the consonant cluster "str" as in street, strike… I would really appreciate it.

  21. I'm actually American but for my whole life I've been living with a Brazilian community in my city and now I have this stupid Brazilian accent and would like to know if your videos can help me on getting rid of it

    Countless times in my life I've been accused of being a foreigner or a illegal immigrant and it sucks

  22. oh, i just now realized, how different are in fact vowels that seem to sound fast the same. such a sudden insight =)))))) and thanks for the lesson! wery useful

  23. I have been pronouncing "pedagogy" so wrong, putting the stress in "da"! Thanks for the tip! P.S: I'm a Brazilian PEdagogy student! haha

  24. What kind of name is Hadar? I'm not trying to insult, just really want to know..
    I'm here from the Foreigner video, thanks btw

  25. Would you please teach me how to pronounce “qu—“ words? such as quiz, quick, question, quit . I am Korean and it is somewhat really difficult to pronounce it naturally:( please help me out!

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