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11 word pairs with CONFUSING pronunciation
Let's practice pronunciation together!
We'll work on pairs of words with confusing pronunciation - in which the same combinations of letters are pronounced differently.
One very frustrating thing about the English language is that the pronunciation is irregular. There aren’t strict pronunciation rules that you could memorize and always know exactly how words are pronounced – it’s just not possible.
There ARE some pronunciation patterns… but there are also exceptions to those patterns! Some letters and combinations of letters have multiple different pronunciations, and you can’t know which one to use just by reading the word; you need to hear the word. That’s why listening and repeating is so important.
You can improve your pronunciation fast inside my American English Pronunciation Course – we’ll learn and practice all the sounds of the language, helping you to make the differences between similar sounds and avoid pronunciation mistakes.
This course will help you speak English more clearly, confidently, and correctly!
Business or Busyness?
Do you know the difference between business and busyness?
They're pronounced differently...
...and they mean different things!
Let's learn them in this quick lesson.
If you need to use English in your job or career, I can help you speak more confidently when you join my Business English Course!
It will teach you what to say in lots of professional situations like interviews, meetings, phone calls, and much more.
The lessons are very practical - full of useful words and phrases that native English speakers often use at work.
Phrases: "It speaks for itself" & "Speak for yourself"
Today I’m going to explain two phrases in English – one is saying “something speaks for itself” and the other is telling someone “speak for yourself.”
These are very different, and I’ll teach them to you by using examples of situations where we’d use these expressions.
To learn a lot more common English phrases for daily situations, you can join our Everyday English Speaking Courses – these will teach you so many of the expressions and phrases that native English speakers use all the time.
The lessons in those courses will help you improve your speaking and your ability to have natural-sounding conversations in English :-)
Don't say "today morning"!
This lesson is a quick tip to help you avoid mistakes that can make your English sound unnatural. I’ll explain them and tell you what you should say instead.
Don't say "today morning"!
I’ve noticed this error in a lot of student homework.
Many of our courses at Espresso English include homework that you can send in and get feedback and correction on your answers – one of those is our Advanced Grammar Course.
Learn English idioms from sports
Do you know what it means to "run interference," "jump the gun," and "show someone the ropes"?
Today you'll learn these expressions and more idioms from sports!
If you're looking for a fun and easy way to learn more than 300 idioms in English, check out our Idioms Course.
Human vs. Humane
Today you’re going to learn the difference between the words human and humane.
These are different by only one letter, but they’re pronounced differently and are used in different ways.
By the way, if you want to learn a LOT more confusing word pairs like this, check out my e-book 600+ Confusing Words Explained!
Inside that e-book, I’ll help you understand confusing English words easily and clearly.
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