Avoid Mispronunciations

Be aware of how you are pronouncing words. Sometimes regional accents cause mispronunciations. There is nothing wrong with accents, except when they cause misspelling. I had to drop my southern accent many times during spelling and phonics classes in order to teach sounds and words accurately. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the simple little word "on" is not supposed to be pronounced with a long "o" sound.

Mispronunciation often causes the misspelling of words. Below are some common examples:

accidentally [al is often omitted]
athletic [e is often wrongly added- atheletic]
arctic [c is often omitted]
boundary [ a is often omitted]
candidate [d is often omitted]
children [ re is often reversed- childern]
disastrous [e is often wrongly added- disasterous]
everybody [ y is often omitted]
generally [ e is often omitted]
government [ n is often omitted]
hundred [re is often reversed- hunderd]
words ending in ing such as working [g is often omitted]
history [ o is often omitted]
laboratory [ o is often omitted]
liable [ a is often omitted]
library [ r is often omitted]
literature [ a is often omitted]
mischievous [ long-e is often wrongly added- mischEEvEEous ]
occasionally [ al is often omitted]
prefer [re is often reversed- perfer]
preserve [re is often reversed- perserve]
probably [ ba is often omitted]
strictly [ t is often omitted]
surprise [ r is often omitted]
temperature [a is often omitted]
usually [ u is often omitted

More

When You Say
and
can
catch
far
for
get
just
many
old
told
went
when
Do Not Say
an
kin, ken
ketch
fur
fur
git
jist, or jest
minny
ole
tole
wint
win
When You Say
engine
find
follow
last
pillow
running
slept
throw
throwing
threw
what
while
Do Not Say
ingine
fine
folla or foller
las
piller or pilla
runnin
slep
trow
throwin
thew
wat
wile
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