PSLE Oral | 5 Commonly Mispronounced Words for Stimulus-Based Conversation

Before we dive right in to the 5 commonly mispronounced words for Stimulus-Based Conversation, here’s a quick question for you: How do you pronounce “ghoti”? GOH-tee, like goatee? Or is it… g-HO-tee? Hmm… The correct pronunciation is actually, fish! What?!

5 Commonly Mispronounced Words for Stimulus-Based Conversation | Lil' but Mighty Oral

There you have it, fish! “Ghoti” is a fictional word created specifically to highlight the irregularities of pronunciation in the English language. So if you find yourself unable to pronounce it, you’re not the only one! English pronunciation can be difficult for anyone to get right every time. Thankfully, not all mispronounced words are as strange and confounding as ‘ghoti’!

5 Commonly Mispronounced Words for Stimulus-Based Conversation | Lil' but Mighty

Previously, we shared 5 Commonly Mispronounced Words That You Should Take Note Of, and in the spirit of the upcoming Oral (Stimulus-Based Conversation) examinations, I am going to share 5 more commonly mispronounced words that you will probably find useful for the Stimulus Based Conversation section of Paper 4.

1. Opportunity


1. Opportunity. Oral

2. Tuition


2. Tuition. Oral

3. Film


3. Film. Oral

4. February


4. February. Oral

5. Souvenir


5. Souvenir. Oral

Do you feel more confident about using these words now? Although English pronunciation continues to be tricky, we have learnt at least ten correct pronunciations of some of the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language. We’re well on our way to speaking better English! One final tip before you go, if you ever find yourself stumbling over a word during your Oral examinations – don’t panic, and don’t stop in the middle of your response! Just keep calm, take a breath, and carry on. All the best, children!

Have you ever encountered other commonly mispronounced words in the English Language? Share with us in the Comments below!





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