Speaking and pronunciation of English words is the most difficult part for people learning English as a second language to do well. Unlike other languages, in English you don't always say a word like it is written/spelt. Not only do the sound/pronunciation of letters often change between words, but and in many words some of the letters are not pronounced (are silent).

Although it is very difficult to pronounce English words correctly, it doesn't have to be. You just need to use the right technique/method and practise. To see the method I use with my students, read the article 'How to pronounce English words perfectly'. This will help you improve your pronunciation.

To both help you to pronounce English words correctly, I have created the below online pronunciation exercise. This test/exercise will both help you to say some of the most commonly mispronounced words in English and show you that you can pronounce English words correctly.

This exercise is for British English pronunciation.

Click here to do an online English pronunciation exercise on 'the most commonly mispronounced countries, regions & cities'.

Common English pronunciation mistakes exercise:

In this online pronunciation exercise there are 15 different words that you need to identify. You start by first listening to the word by playing the question's audio player. Then say the word you hear. After this, spell the word in the text box and press the 'Check' button.

After you have spelt the word correctly, a 'speaking test' for the word will appear (a text box and 'Record' button) to check your pronunciation. Press the 'Record' button and say the word you have heard. To do this on a computer, you need to have a microphone connected to your computer.

The speaking test only works on the Google Chrome browser (but not on iPads, iPhones or iPods). So I recommend you use this browser to do this pronunciation exercise on.


Now say the word you heard and then write it in the text box below and press 'Check'.




Now press the 'Record' button and say the word to check your pronunciation of it. Don't look at the word when you say it!






























Now that you have done this exercise, you will have noticed that saying words in English doesn't have to be that difficult. Most people who do this exercise have more problems with spelling the word correctly than in saying it. To find out why and how to pronounce English words better, read my article on 'How to speak better English: Pronunciation'.

Click here to do an online English pronunciation exercise on 'The most commonly mispronounced countries, regions & cities'.

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