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10 Useful Words Learners Mispronounce ALL THE TIME

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Improve your English pronunciation by learning and practicing these 10 words: exhausted, brewery, Antarctica, temperature, phenomenon, specific, rural, literature, choir, & squirrel. LINKS TO PRACTICE & IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH Improve Your Listening w/ Audiobooks. FREE TRAIL! http://www.audibletrial.com/InteractiveEnglish Find an English Teacher/Tutor (Recommended Sites) italki: http://bit.ly/italki_InteractiveEnglish Lingoda: http://bit.ly/Lingoda_InteractiveEnglish Verbling: http://bit.ly/Verbling_InteractiveEnglish Eliminate Writing Mistakes Grammarly: http://bit.ly/Grammarly_InteractiveEnglish Read about Wes’ Teaching Adventures Happy Time Go Fast (South Korea): http://amzn.to/2FmYhSS Watermelon Is Life (Namibia): http://amzn.to/2FEjE1j Learn English with Us on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InteractiveEng/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/interactiveeng/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/interactiveeng Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/interactiveeng Other Shout-Outs: Royalty-free images provided by Pixabay Music: Sunny - Bensound.com **Affiliate Links: Please know that links to Audible, italki, Lingoda, Verbling, Grammarly, as well as any Amazon products are affiliate links. We earn commission through these links. THANKS FOR WATCHING!
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Interactive English (3 months ago)
We want to hear from YOU. What are some other words that you find difficult to pronounce? Let us know. 👍 **Also, tell us how to say "squirrel" in your native language. 🐿
TECDESIGNS (1 month ago)
Hi, mate! thank you for observation about my learning!! Well, pronunciation for me is very hard because i speaking different than reading. The best way of learning is to listen over and over!. For example, whem you were talking, i figure out better. the second problem is the american speaker speak fast, but i fell more confidence after two years of lerning though! squirrel in portuguese is ESQUILO. I hope soon make small talk with someone native in english!! I love english and i appreciate the american people!
abdulrahman sh (3 months ago)
"سنجاب"
Deiber Mau Rojas (3 months ago)
Squirrel = ardilla
rogger chunga (3 months ago)
Interactive English literally is one of them and squirrel in my language is ardilla 😍 and we're able to see them in the parks at downtown all the time :)
Junior Farias (3 months ago)
In Brazil squirrel means 'Esquilo'
Raihan Kaizen (4 days ago)
Thanks mam..... I've learned a lot from u...... R u an American?
Raihan Kaizen (4 days ago)
Interactive English thanks mam I'm watching
Interactive English (4 days ago)
Hi Raihan. Thanks for your comment. I'm Romanian/American and Wes is American. For more about my story, you can check out the following lesson. 😊 How to Become Fluent: https://youtu.be/BJM8hRuBqv4
soylu bezmish (8 days ago)
Sis,is English your native language?It seemed to me that it is your target language.
Interactive English (8 days ago)
Thanks for your comment. If you're interested in my English-learning journey, you can check out this lesson. ❤ How to Became Fluent: https://youtu.be/BJM8hRuBqv4
edir gomes Xavier (14 days ago)
Hi, here is Edir Xavier, from Vitória, Brazil. "Squirrel", in Portuguese, is "Esquilo" and sounds cute, too... I don't even try to say "jewelry"...
Interactive English (13 days ago)
Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. The word sounds very cute in Portuguese. Have a great day! ❤
Nicolas Falcone (18 days ago)
hi, teacher are the best of the best teacher i love your videos but what i would like more is your great videos with english subtitule .congratulation dear teacher , hugs/greeting and kissing from argentina !!!!!!
Interactive English (18 days ago)
Hi Nicolas. Thanks so much for your comment. We're so glad that you like our lessons & find them useful. Most of our lessons should have both English & Spanish subtitles. The only lessons without subtitles are the live-lessons because they're so long. Hope this helps! Have a wonderful day. ❤
jesus A. Rangel B. (21 days ago)
confortable
jesus A. Rangel B. (20 days ago)
Interactive English thanks for answering me,but I would like how you pronounce this word,
Interactive English (20 days ago)
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us Jesus. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😊
Mohamed Ali (1 month ago)
thanks for the good pronunciation lessons i have trouble of pronouncing these words (early, earn)
Interactive English (1 month ago)
Hi Mohamed. Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. We'll add those words to our list for a future lesson. Have a great day! 😊
Tran Duong (1 month ago)
It's Very hard to speak since you don't use international phonetic.
Tran Duong (1 month ago)
Your voice, your pronunciation are so great. I don't know other learner but in my country, they all use the IPA for teaching. So we get to use to that way. Have a great day ahead.
Interactive English (1 month ago)
Thanks for your comment Tran. We'll keep that in mind for future pronunciation lessons. We've found that many learners do not know the IPA, so we've been using phonetic spelling instead. Hope you have a great day! 😊
TECDESIGNS (1 month ago)
hi guys !! Really, the english is very easy to learn at the same time that is hard because of pronunciation! By the way, I'm going to tell you that my idiom, in this case, we pronounse what we're speaking literally. It means that it is easy and fast to learn, you know? For example: I use twice time to speak your language than you at the same time that if you decide to speak my language! Now, if you learn the grammar from Portuguese, this time, you'll taking time bigger than me, because the verb tense is bigger too !! While in english you have 3 tenses, we have in Portuguese 3 tenses also, beyond simple tense and composed tenses. Curiosly, in my portuguese, the adjective comes before the subject so different from english! That's it, my friends, my grammar is really really hard to learn literaly !! But, by compansation, you speak more fast! My conclusion after restart my studies is that you only to learn english or another languange if you listenning over and over...! See'ya!
Interactive English (1 month ago)
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us. It's always great to hear about people's experiences with language learning. Keep practicing & keep up the good work! 👍
Alex Aparicio (2 months ago)
"Hidden" is the most difficult for me :(
Interactive English (2 months ago)
Hi Alex. Thanks for commenting & sharing with us. We'll add this word to our list for future pronunciation lessons. Have a great day! 😃👍
Little cat (2 months ago)
in vietnam squirrel is sóc (it's a bit like sock)
Interactive English (2 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks for sharing with us & teaching us some Vietnamese. Hope you have a wonderful day. 😊
nikki joy cortes (2 months ago)
the word FAVORITE. :)
Interactive English (2 months ago)
Thanks for sharing with us Nikki. We'll add this word to our list for a future lesson. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 😃
mahmoud elgohary (2 months ago)
WHAT IS YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE...YOU PRONOUNCED THE WORD "WHOLE" IN SOME WAY LIKE ARABIC OR HEBREW
Interactive English (2 months ago)
Thanks for your comment Mahmoud. For more about my native language history, you can check out this video. Hope you have a great day! 😊 How I Became Fluent in English: https://youtu.be/BJM8hRuBqv4
Andreea Nicoleta (2 months ago)
In Romanian, squirrel is Veveriță.
Interactive English (2 months ago)
Excellent. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Sounds very cute. 😉 Hope you have a wonderful day! 🎉
Ewa Am (2 months ago)
In my native language - polish - squirrel is "wiewiórka" 😊
Interactive English (2 months ago)
Excellent. Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😊
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Vivek dhani (2 months ago)
Interactive English thank i hope find good partners
Interactive English (2 months ago)
Thanks for commenting! Hope you're able to find a speaking partner. 👍
Radha Bhati (3 months ago)
I have a doubt in the pronunciation of the word literature. Shouldn't the first 't' be pronounced as 'd' since it lies between 2 vowels. If not why?
Radha Bhati (2 months ago)
Interactive English Yes it was helpful. Thanks a million!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
That's a great question. The pronunciation would really depend on where you're from. For example, many Americans will pronounce it the way you said (the first T as a /d/ sound), which is a Flap T sound. British, on the other hand, would say it as a T sound, as well as reduce it to sound like 3 syllables (lit - truh - cher). Hope this helps! 😃
andrea vianna (3 months ago)
I would like to know “wanted” and some verbs in the past tense... thanks!!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Andrea. Thanks for your comment. That's a great suggestion. Here's a live-lesson we did a while back on -ed endings. Perhaps you'll find it useful. 😊 How to Pronounce -ed Endings: https://youtu.be/39gthPv9iSg
Natalia Soto Quiroz (3 months ago)
Hi guys!! Thanks for this lesson. I'm a beginner... can you help me? I have been thinking about the role of "translate" (with dictionary) during I learn English. What do you think about it?
Natalia Soto Quiroz (3 months ago)
Guys, thank you so so much for this answer! I get it! I remember you advice about look for pictures in Google Images... Usually, I do that, since that I watched your video... Have a fantastic week!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Natalia. Thanks for your comment. That's a great question. It really depends on your level. For beginners, I think translating is normal for learning specific words and trying to understand them (train/cat/blue). These are words in which people can get definite pictures. As learners progress, we recommend they stop translating into their native language and only learn the meaning of words in English. This greatly helps with people's ability to remember the words as well as using the words in the correct context. The problem is that once learners begin translating, many will continue doing this as their skills improve. And instead of translating being a benefit at a beginner level, it starts to become a detriment at intermediate and advanced levels. Hope this information helps! 😊
Carlos Roberto Cerqueira (3 months ago)
"World" is a tough one to pronounce
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us Carlos. We'll add this word to the list. Hope you have a great weekend! 😊
Hossam Medhat (3 months ago)
Plz make a long video about unreleased consonants at the end of a word like cap cab cat but dog big kick pick and how to distinguish between p and b as they are unreleased at the end of the word like in cap cab and plz give me alot of examples
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us. We really appreciate your suggestion and we'll look into making this lesson. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 😃👍
Akif Guler (3 months ago)
Squirrel estas Sciuro en Esperanto.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Excellent. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope you have a great weekend! 😊
Veronica Cedillo (3 months ago)
Squirrel is an ardilla in spanish
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Veronica. Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. Hope you have a nice day! 😊
Babass (3 months ago)
Squirrel in bahasa is tupai..its pronounced like too + pie
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Excellent. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I've learned my first word in Bahasa. 😃👍
Muhammad Yasir (3 months ago)
Du bist sehr sehr wünderschön frau ❤ ich liebe dich ❤
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for your comment. Hope you have a great day! 😊
Fabian Silva (3 months ago)
Omg the most difficult word for me was 'brewery' i couldn't even pronounce it.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us Fabian. Yes, "brewery" is a very tricky word to pronounce. 🍻
Welber SLL (3 months ago)
Esquilo (pronunciation "as kilo"). brazilians think squirrels are cute but the word isn't cute.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us about your languages. Others from Brazil have told us the same. 😅
miguel graziottin (3 months ago)
ESQUILO in Portuguese. I don't think its a great/funny/sweet word to speak actually
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for your comment Miguel. We're learning how to say "squirrel" in so many different languages. Hope you have a great day!😊
Sarween Abdulla (3 months ago)
Mr Wes today I told my all friends to subscribe your channel because I am benefit with your so much and I wanted every one to share me for watching your website ((thank for you))
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for your comment. We really appreciate you sharing our channel with others, and we're happy you find our lessons useful. Keep practicing & keep up the good work! 😃👍
Long Nguyen (3 months ago)
Very good video and thank you very much Teacher Ioana.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Glad you liked the lesson Long Nguyen. As always, I appreciate your comments. 😊 Hope you have a wonderful day! ❤
Nana Cervantes (3 months ago)
Statistics
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for sharing with us Najat. We'll add that word to our list. Hope you have a great day! 😃
Ivy Zhang (3 months ago)
The squirrel in Chinese is 松鼠 “song shu" I saw several squirrels in the park this morning. 😆 Some words that's difficult for me to pronounce are the words with "ology" such as biology and physiology etc.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for commenting & sharing with us Ivy. We'll add some of those words to the list for a future lesson. Have a great day! 😊
Suh Bueno (3 months ago)
Squirrel in Portuguese is Esquilo
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. So cute! ❤
Elizabeth Clemens (3 months ago)
This is excellent , thanks a bunch!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for your comment Elizabeth. I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😊
Jesira Yusuf (3 months ago)
Hey I too have the same ringtone🤣🤣
Jesira Yusuf (3 months ago)
Interactive English Your videos are really good...I wish you will have a great future...
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Lol...that's great! 😅😅 Thanks for commenting! ❤
Victoria Pérez (3 months ago)
Ardilla 🇲🇽. It does sound cute 😂, at least cuter than squirrel haha
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for commenting Victoria! I agree. It sounds really cute in your language. Hope you have a wonderful day! ❤
tony cha (3 months ago)
You captured such a lovely picture
tony cha (3 months ago)
Very beautiful and smart lady.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for your comment Tony. Have a nice day! 😊
abdulrahman sh (3 months ago)
Thanks alot
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Abdulrahman. Thanks for commenting & checking out the lesson. I hope you have a wonderful day! 😊
Bassam salim (3 months ago)
Squirrel in Arabic is "Sinjaab"!! I pronounce most of the words that you talked about in this lesson correctly except temperature, I used to pronounce them all wrong but thankfully I fixed it, but there are a lot of words that are difficult to me to pronounce but I don't remember them now, Thank you for this great video and keep up the good work!!
parisa pourviseh (3 months ago)
OMG! I am so happy that I found your channel. Love your videos!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for your comment. We're glad you found our channel as well, and we're happy to have you as part of the community. Hope you have a wonderful day! ❤
nyelkenci (3 months ago)
Are you a native speaker ?
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for your comment. I'm originally from Romania but spent the second half of my life in the US. For more on my story, you can check out this lesson below. 😊 How I Became Fluent & You Can Too: https://youtu.be/BJM8hRuBqv4
Gisele Estrada (3 months ago)
Great lesson! Thank you Ioana! To me, it is difficult to pronunce Croissant, focus, answer, etc.🙊 I am afraid I can't read the Phonetic Alphabet😨
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for sharing with us Gisele. Yes, the IPA can be challenging to learn. That's why we try to use phonetic spelling, even though it's not perfect. Hopefully it's a little easier for everyone to sound out. Have a great day! 😃
filippo montonati (3 months ago)
Scoiattolo 🇮🇹
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. So cute! 😉
Vicki Bee (3 months ago)
You want long words, take German. Bewerbungsgespräch? The English word for it isn't as long even with the space between the two words: Job interview. There are lots of other words like that in German but I'm so exhausted from learning every day for 6 months I can recall no others. Then this German woman does a video on what the German weekdays should really be called and all of them were 30 letters long. I lost all cohesion. I couldn't even Like the video like I usually do. I don't like to Dislike videos but I did this time. Das Eichhörnchen (squirrel) isn't cute IMO. It's another long word but not as bad as Tscherchische, which is some kind of nationality but I forget which one. I think for people from Czech Republic.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for sharing with us Vicki. Maybe "squirrel" in German isn't that cute after all. Have a great day! 😊
Kashif Ali Khan (3 months ago)
nice video
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much Kashif. I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson. Hope you have a wonderful day! ❤
Rosey Kisha (3 months ago)
Cool!!!!!!!!!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for commenting Rosey. Hope you have a nice day! ❤
hamdy lonely (3 months ago)
It's really difficult But what about this word interpretation
hamdy lonely (3 months ago)
Interactive English thanks my teacher
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Nice. Thanks so much for sharing with us. We'll add the word to our list. Have a great day! 😊
Taher elsayed (3 months ago)
Thank you . it,s good Explain
Interactive English (3 months ago)
I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson Taher. Thanks so much for your comment. Have a great day! 😊
Aimanno Mourad (3 months ago)
Thank you for your great efforts. Between all English’s parts, pronunciation still is a difficult part. Sometime I think there aren’t rules to it.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for commenting Aimanno. You're right about pronunciation. It's often that English is not pronounced the way it's spelled. 😊
Yun GarCor (3 months ago)
I speak spanish and the word for "Squirrel" is "Ardilla" but if you use the diminutive, is "Ardillita" and that's cute! ☺
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Excellent. Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. Yes, we love the word "ardilla." ❤
rogger chunga (3 months ago)
literally is one of the hardest words to be pronounced .
Interactive English (3 months ago)
You're absolutely right. Thanks for sharing with us. We'll add "literally" to our list and talk about it in a future lesson. 👍
Dinho Lopes (3 months ago)
I loved the class, thanks for your work Squirrel in my language : Esquilo
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson. Have a great day! 😊
Marwan jamil (3 months ago)
Excellent job. Thank you so much.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much. I really appreciate your comment, and I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😀
I was suffering to pronounce the word 'girl', 'world' and so on. plz clear it.
Bassam salim (3 months ago)
Interactive English that would be great!!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for sharing with us. Yes, words with the -rl letter combinations can be difficult. We'll add this to our list for the next pronunciation lesson. 👍
Krisztina Barabas (3 months ago)
In Hungary the squirrel called "Mókus" 🐿. It does not sound cute for me 😂😀
Krisztina Barabas (3 months ago)
Interactive English Szívesen! 😊
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Excellent. Thanks so much for sharing with us. 👍 I learned a new Hungarian word. Köszönöm.😊
Francisco du Vietnam (3 months ago)
"Écureuil" (squirrel in French!). 😉 "Esquilo" in Portuguese! 😅 Hug from Vietnam to both of you. 🤗
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Awesome. Thanks for sharing with us Francisco. Hope all is well in Vietnam. Have a wonderful day! 😀
Sandra Marcela Grebe (3 months ago)
And if the end we see all together ? Great teacher !!!!
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Sandra. Thanks so much for your comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the lesson. Have a great day! ❤
LY Nguyễn (3 months ago)
I'm a big fan of your channel but in fact i have no idea what is you both job in life?.Please let me know.Thanks so much for your lesson
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for your comment LY Nguyen. That's a great question. In the near future, we plan to publish a Q&A video and talk a bit more about ourselves. But we're both English teacher. We teach online for a company out of China, but we hope to keep growing Interactive English and turn it into a school at some point. 😀👍
Nancy Frimer (3 months ago)
Hey,Ioana! Thanks for your nice lessons! Squirrel in portuguese is esquilo.Squirrels are so cute! I feel difficult to pronunce "available". Bye
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Nancy. Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us. I'm learning so many different ways to say "squirrel." Have a great day! 😊
Fuoq Swifty (3 months ago)
Many thanks
Interactive English (3 months ago)
You're very welcome. Thanks so much for your comment. Have a great day! 😃
yasin Nasrollahpoor (3 months ago)
Hi Thanx again for this funny and usefull video. I think "Phenomenon" is funny ,specially when U pronounced it cutely. Aaaaannnnnd the sentences that was made by Phenomenon is more challenging than itselfe.(The Aurora borealis an amazing phenomenon). Aurora & Borealis, I think they are hard; especially when they come together with phenomenon.😟
yasin Nasrollahpoor (3 months ago)
Interactive English your welcome You too!❤
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Yes, it was a difficult example sentence. I was having trouble coming up with a sentence for phenomenon. 😅 Thanks so much for your comment, and I hope you have a great day! ❤
Mukhtar Ahmadi (3 months ago)
Squirrel means سنجاب in my language
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for commenting and sharing with us. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😊
Benny Benevento (3 months ago)
Squirrel in italian we say : Scoiattolo ( so cute ! )
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks for sharing with us Benny. Hope you have a great day! 😊
I am an American English student from Venezuela South America. Squirrel is called ardilla in Spanish
Interactive English likewise
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Jose. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😊
nourdine1902 (3 months ago)
L'écureuil in French in Arabic سنجاب
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Nourdine. Thanks so much for your comment. We appreciate your sharing with us. Have a great day! 😊
Wilfried Mathias (3 months ago)
Another great lesson! Thanks a lot. I think the word "mischievous" is difficult to pronounce. Squirrel means in German "Eichhörnchen". For non native speakers it might be hard to pronounce, as well.
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks so much for commenting & sharing with us Wilfried. We'll keep that word in mind for a future lesson. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😃👍
Ioana si atât (3 months ago)
Can you help me pronounce the words literally ? And I love you so much 💖
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Hi Ioana. Thanks for your comment. That's a great question. Here's the phonetic spelling for "Literally." [lit - er - uh - lee] I do think Americans & British pronounce it slightly different. For example, Americans tend to use a flap T, which sounds more like a /d/. So it would sound like [lid - er - uh - lee]. 😃👍
L-a-t-a (3 months ago)
@Interactive English, Thanks for the lesson!!!👍👏 I used to mispronounce almost all the words but "SPECIFIC". But after watching this video, I don't think I'll repeat the mistake.😀 In my native language we call squirrel as "CHAANI".
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for commenting L-a-t-a. I'm glad the lesson was helpful. And thanks so much for sharing with us. By the end of the day, we'll know how to say "squirrel" in so many different languages. 😅👍😃
Diana Mouse (3 months ago)
Squirrel in Russian is белка (belka) ^_^
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Nice. Thanks so much for sharing with us Diana. Have a great day! ❤
BASMA Yehia (3 months ago)
Squirrel in my language is sngab(سنجاب) it's Arab word
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Excellent. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope you have a wonderful day! 😃
Raymond Bock (3 months ago)
Thanks you so much. I always make a mistake , if I pronounce "temperature" i'm pronouncing wrong, this is how i do " and thanks so much for fixing my mistake. I'm now following you .
Interactive English (3 months ago)
Thanks for your comment Raymond. I'm glad you found the lesson useful. Hope you have a nice day! 😊

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