Top 5 mispronounced English words

…and how to get around them!

Top 5 mispronounced English words
 

Unfortunately for non-native speakers, the English language is a minefield of words that are notoriously difficult to pronounce. And nowhere is this more of a problem than when you’re giving a speech in front of a room full of people. Stumbling over mispronounced English words word can be humiliating.

To help you survive your speech unscathed, we’ve put together 5 difficult-to-pronounce words to avoid during your presentation. Along with some alternative words to use in their place.

 

  • DETERIORATE

    What does it mean?
    To get worse

    How might I put it in a sentence?
    “In the past year or so, sales growth has deteriorated.”

    What else could I say instead?
    “In the past year or so, sales growth has declined.”
     

  • EXPONENTIALLY

    What does it mean?
    Of an increase, more and more rapidly

    How might I put it in a sentence?
    “Since April last year, production costs have grown exponentially.”

    What else could I say instead?
    “Since April last year, production costs have grown at an increased rate.”
     

  • SPECIFIC

    What does it mean?
    Precise and clearly identified

    How might I put it in a sentence?
    “What we need are specific measures to solve the problem.”

    What else could I say instead?
    “What we need are clearly defined measures to solve the problem.”
     

  • CORPORATE

    What does it mean?
    Relating to a company or group

    How might I put it in a sentence?
    “Corporate finances have never looked better.”

    What else could I say instead?
    “The company’s finances have never looked better.”
     

  • CONFERENCE

    What does it mean?
    A formal meeting for discussion that may or may not last several days

    How might I put it in a sentence?
    “We will discuss targets for next year at the conference on Tuesday.”

    What else could I say instead?
    If you are talking about a one-day event you could say:
    “We will discuss targets for next year at the meeting on Tuesday.”

    Or if it will last multiple days you could use:
    “We will discuss targets for next year at the convention on Tuesday.”
     

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