How to Pronounce ‘Pronunciation’

How to pronounce...It seems fitting to begin a blog on pronunciation with a note on the proper pronunciation of the topic.

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Pronunciation‘ is ironically one of the most commonly mispronounced words I hear. People seem to confuse ‘pronunciation‘ with its root word ‘pronounce‘. In this case, the spelling of the two words should make the pronunciation clear.

proNOUNce – proNUNciation

Notice that ‘pronunciation‘ is spelled with ‘n-u-n’ in the middle, whereas ‘pronounce‘ is spelled ‘n-o-U-n’. That ‘OU’ creates the ‘ow‘ sound that we hear in ‘pronounce‘.

We should not, however, hear an ‘ow‘ sound in ‘pronunciation‘. The spelling ‘n-u-n’ should be pronounced just as it’s spelled, with with an ‘uh‘ sound, exactly as you would pronounce the word ‘nun‘.

It is quite common for vowel sounds in root words to change when we add a suffix (endings that are added onto root words, in this case we added the suffix ‘tion’). In most cases, you’ll see a change in the spelling of the root word:

extreme – extremity, explain – explanatory, divide – division

But in other cases, the root word’s spelling will remain the same, but the pronunciation of the vowel will change anyway:

nation – national, know – knowledge, sign – signature

We’ll be taking a closer look at some of the reasons for these changes (and many others) in this blog and it’s corresponding pronunciation course. I hope you’ll stay tuned!

In the meantime, please feel free to post your questions about how to pronounce certain words, or post examples of words that you commonly hear mispronounced.

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  1. Agnes says:

    Like what hear/ should say listening. I ‘m happy speaking and listen.
    Thank ! But need more guidance.

  2. Chua Bee Leng says:

    i find that it is useful and benefit from it. Thanks.

  3. Chua Lauren says:

    The Part I lesson is quite useful. Like these two words “Pronounce” & Pronunciation” is tend to mispronounce. My first time taking online lesson. Take time to get use to it. Thanks.

  4. Agnes says:

    It getting interesting, especially Part 2. The forming of the long & short vowel. The first heard of the Schwa.
    Should more about this. I’m with the computer. But worth the effort. Thank anyway. How many can we login.

  5. Agnes says:

    Sorry ! lot of typing error. I’m struggling with my computer.
    Recap here in part 2 – means forming long vowel in example cap to cape.?

  6. maman lawaly souley says:

    all the 8 part are vey useful, i apreciate so much. thanks heather

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