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Hey guys, it's Tom. Today we're going to be
looking at my top ten most difficult words

to pronounce in English.
Welcome Eat Sleep Dreamers. Now why have I
chosen these ten words? Well there are three

reasons. The first reason, they are all high
frequency. That means that they are used a

lot in English and especially spoken English.
Second reason, I've been a teacher for almost

ten years and these are the words that I found
my English learners have most difficulty with,

Ok? And the third reason, you guys asked for
these words, ok? I asked you on Facebook and

Instagram which words you find difficult to
pronounce and these are some of the words

that you told me. Yes, there are hundreds
of words I could have put in this video but

I can only choose ten. So if you are ready,
let's have a look at them.

Our first word, comfortable. Now how many
syllables does that have? Com-for-ta-ble four

syllables but we don't need them all. In fact
we can just get rid of that middle section,

that OR , we don't need it. Now we have comfortable
and where's the stress on this word? Comfortable.

On the first syllable. 'These shoes are super
comfortable'. Your turn. 'These shoes are

super comfortable'.
Number two, is a pair that are often confused
walk and work. So often that I hear they are

confused. Learners say 'I walk for Google',
I walk for Google? I mean maybe you do walk

for Google but you probably work for Google.
Now the key here is all in the mouth, ok?

We have to look at the mouth. Look at what
the mouth does. Ok, the first word 'work'.

Second word 'walk' 'work' 'walk'. Can you
see what's happening there? Alright now sometimes

with pronunciation you have to make an idiot
of yourself so it's my job to make an idiot

of myself. Here we go! Have a look at the
lips. So we've got 'work' 'walk' 'work' 'walk'

ok, can you see my mouth is going outwards
for 'work' and forwards or closed for 'walk'

'work' 'walk'. Let's try these practice sentences
'I work for Google'. Alright let's try this

one 'I walk to school every day'. I've got
a really silly tongue twister for you guys

to practise this. Here we go. 'I walk to work,
I don't work to walk'. Guys you are not singing

it back to me. 'I walk to work, I don't work
to walk'. You're not doing it, I'm on my own!

Number three, 'restaurant'. Now again it's
a long word but we don't need the middle part

and all those sounds. All we need, two sounds,
restaurant, ok? You got it. Restaurant. So

'what's your favourite restaurant?
Number four, clothes. This one is tricky!
Ok, so let's look at how we can say it properly.

There are two things we need to think about.
First of all, is our mouth and second of all

is our tongue. First of all our mouth. So
our mouth is going forward, so clo and then

back 'clothes'. So forward and narrow and
then back and wide 'clothes'. Alright, now

our tongue is going up and down 'clo' and
then it touches the top of our teeth and comes

back so 'clothes'. It's tricky, let's put
it together 'clothes' that's not easy is it?

Practise, practise, practise 'clothes'. Let's
try a practice sentence 'How often do you

buy new clothes?' Now Eat Sleep Dreamers,
I've got a little cheat for you ok. If you

cannot say 'clothes' properly. If you are
just like 'I can't say it' then you can try

saying 'close'. Now they are kind of similar
in sound. When you put it into a sentence

they sound kind of similar, let's try. 'I
love your new close' which one did I say?

'Close' or 'clothes'? It was 'close'. 'I love
your new close'. But they are kind of similar

so if you want to cheat just a little bit
you can say 'close'. But don't tell anyone

that I told you ok? It's our secret.
Number five, 'island'. Now it's not that difficult
to say but we do need to remember that 's'

is silent, ok? We don't pronounce it. So it's
just 'island'. Let's put it into a practice

sentence 'The hotel is on the island'.
Number six, 'dangerous'. Here are two sounds
'dangerous'. The stress is on the first syllable

'dangerous'. Say it with me 'dangerous'.
Number seven, 'analysis'. Now this is a noun
and the important thing to know is where the

stress of the word is. So it's on the second
syllable 'analysis'. Now don't be confused

by the verb which is 'to analyse' and the
stress there is on the first syllable 'analyse'.

So remember the noun 'analysis' on the second
syllable and the verb 'analyse' is on the

first syllable. Our practice sentence 'let's
look at the analysis'.

Number eight, 'vegetable'. It had to be there
of course. Now this one, I've often heard

mispronounced as veggie table I love veggie
table it sounds brilliant but the real pronunciation

is 'vegetable'. Ok, so that middle section,
we throw it away, we don't need it 'vegetable'.

Alright, let's put that into a practice sentence
'I love vegetables'.

Number nine, is another pair of words 'tooth'
and 'teeth'. 'Tooth' is one and 'teeth' more

than one. Now the trick here is the /th/ sound
at the end of the word. So the way I make

it is I put my tongue on my top teeth and
I blow out. So 'tooth' and at the end of the

word 'tooth' you should feel air on your,
on the back of your hand or the front of your

hand 'tooth' 'teeth'. Ok, I want you to practise
'tooth' 'teeth'. Our practice sentence 'You've

got really nice teeth'.
And our final word is 'asked' not ask ed asked.
This is a past tense regular verb, the -ed

has a /t/ sound. Now I've done a whole video
about the -ed endings, the pronunciation,

if you want to check it out it's right there.
When we put asked into a sentence we often

don't pronounce the /k/ sound. Listen to this
'have you asked him yet?' The pronunciation

there asked not asked and that's just because
we are lazy and it's much easier to say it

like that. So let's practise 'Have you asked
him yet?' Eat Sleep Dreamers, that's it. I

hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.
Take a few minutes to watch another English

language video and until next time guys thank
you so much. This is Tom, the English Hipster,

saying goodbye.


10 Most Difficult Words to Pronounce in English | British English Lesson

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