How to Pronounce ‘Colleague’

How to Pronounce ColleagueVIDEO BLOG!
Colleague is another one of the top 10 words I commonly hear mispronounced in Asia. It tends to sound more like ‘colic’, but with the word stress on the second syllable instead of the first.

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Colleague should be stressed on the first syllable, COL and the second syllable, LEAGUE, should sound the same as the normal word ‘league’ with a long E sound and a G ending.

You’ll notice that this goes against the typical word stress characteristic (see Part 6 of the free course) that says stressed syllables normally have a pure vowel sound while unstressed syllables are often reduced. We see no reduction in this case and the unstressed syllable remains a pure long E.

This is partly due to the fact that ‘colleague’ has a voiced G ending which forces us to lengthen the E sound so we can better pronounce the G. See Part 3 of the free course for further discussion of voiced consonant sounds.

If you’re really having trouble with this one, how about using ‘co-worker’ instead? :-)

What other words do you have trouble pronouncing? Post them in the comments or send me a message through the contact page and I’ll highlight them in the “How to Pronounce” section.

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  1. Agnes says:

    It great & I shall listen several ., till get the point
    Thank for the great job

  2. I really liked your blog! It helped me alot…

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