50 Difficult Words to Pronounce
Some of you loved the first 25 words and enjoyed practising these with us. A handful of you felt the words were not difficult enough. Many of you shared other words that you (or your students) find difficult.
Here is the second batch (compiled based on comments from learners and teachers via EC, Facebook, and MyEC).
Let’s practise these words together:
1) Listen to the word. (wait for a one second pause after)
2) Say the word with me.
3) Say the sentence with me.
Are you ready?
26. gorgeous (allow a pause and then repeat with me)
The bride looked gorgeous on her wedding day.
I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s English class.
My daughter asked if she could have a friend over for a playdate.
I invite all English learners to take my monthly writing challenge.
You will enhance your vocabulary by reading the news.
It is important to use sentence variety in your TOEFL essay.
Celebrities influence how young people act and dress.
The new company policy will take effect next month.
My grandfather taught me how to whistle when I was a child.
Racism has been a global issue throughout history.
What adjective would you use to describe EnglishClub.com?
Victoria is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
The washing machine is one appliance that many people could not live without.
Spaghetti with shrimp is a meal my husband often cooks for dinner.
Another appliance that is considered a necessity is the refrigerator.
Left handed people require a special type of scissors.
During the flu season, the students are taught to cough in their sleeves.
I am getting hungry. I can wait a little longer for dinner, though.
Our friends are going through a difficult divorce.
Offering generic praise like “good job” is not enough to motivate a child.
Do you agree that the best things in life are free?
We want to trade our car in for a minivan.
Expand your vocabulary by reading blogs when you are online.
A psychologist told me that I need to learn how to relax.
The collector said our piece was a genuine antique.
Pronunciation note: I have a Canadian accent. Though Canadian spelling usually sides with British English, Canadian pronunciation is closer to the American accent. Your teacher may have a different accent, such as a British or Australian one.
Thanks again to all of the readers of ESL Magazine who helped create this second list. Share your own difficult words in the comments below. Add an example sentence and we may use it in an upcoming audio post.
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.