Pronunciation

How Many Vowel Sounds Does English Have?

How Many Vowel Sounds Does English Have?

How many English vowel sounds are there? Well, it depends on what variety of English we’re talking about. Here’s a brief overview for British and American English.
How To Master The Very Tricky Rules Of Polish Pronunciation

How To Master The Very Tricky Rules Of Polish Pronunciation

Are you looking to improve your Polish pronunciation but don’t know where to start? Our in-house language experts share their top tips.
Professional Captioners Reveal The Mispronounced Words Of 2018

Professional Captioners Reveal The Mispronounced Words Of 2018

From “Jamal Khashoggi” to “specific,” here are the words and names people struggled to pronounce correctly this year in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.
What’s The Most Difficult Word In The World To Pronounce?

What’s The Most Difficult Word In The World To Pronounce?

Whether you think it’s ‘rural’ or ‘fünfhundertfünfundfünfzig,’ the most difficult word to pronounce is mostly relative to where you’re sitting.
How To Tackle Silent Letters In Just About Any Language

How To Tackle Silent Letters In Just About Any Language

Now you say it, now you don’t. Silent letters can trip you up when you’re learning a new language, but you don’t have to go in blindly.
Ask Babs: I Have A Crush On Someone, But He Doesn’t Speak My Language. How Do I Do This?

Ask Babs: I Have A Crush On Someone, But He Doesn’t Speak My Language. How Do I Do This?

This month: Cupid attempts to shatter the language barrier. Also, how to avoid pronouncing “years” like “anuses” in Italian.
You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Common Pronunciation Mistakes That All Language Learners Make

You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Common Pronunciation Mistakes That All Language Learners Make

Whether you’re learning English as a second language or struggling to nail your French accent, there’s a wrong way to approach pronunciation, and it might be tripping you up.
Quiz: Do You Know How To Say The Most Mispronounced Words Of 2017?

Quiz: Do You Know How To Say The Most Mispronounced Words Of 2017?

If you tend to read the news instead of listen to it, some of these might be hard.
Ask Babs: I Corrected My Friend’s Pronunciation At Dinner, And Now He’s Mad. How Does One Keep It Classy In These Situations?

Ask Babs: I Corrected My Friend’s Pronunciation At Dinner, And Now He’s Mad. How Does One Keep It Classy In These Situations?

This month: walking the fine line between ‘smug jerk’ and ‘enabler of bad pronunciation.’ Also, a married person (shockingly) stresses about her in-laws.
What’s The Most Effective Way To Learn A Language?

What’s The Most Effective Way To Learn A Language?

There’s no definitive silver bullet, but these 4 best practices will get you pretty close.
Order Like A Gourmet: The Trickiest Dishes On The Menu In New York City

Order Like A Gourmet: The Trickiest Dishes On The Menu In New York City

We all know how it feels to crave bœuf bourguignon at a swanky restaurant but not know how to pronounce it. Here, our experts show you how.
What Is The International Phonetic Alphabet?

What Is The International Phonetic Alphabet?

Pronouncing English words like “hyperbole” or “plough” can give even native speakers trouble. The International Phonetic Alphabet started out as an attempt to help navigate these murky spelling waters, and became a project with global scope. It aims to reproduce all existing sounds in language.
7 Italian Words You’ll Struggle To Pronounce (If You’re Not Italian)

7 Italian Words You’ll Struggle To Pronounce (If You’re Not Italian)

We chose the most difficult Italian words we could find and asked people learning Italian to pronounce them. Follow our Italian pronunciation tips, and we bet you’ll do better than they did.
10 French Words You’ll Struggle To Pronounce (If You’re Not French)

10 French Words You’ll Struggle To Pronounce (If You’re Not French)

French pronunciation can be hard for non-native speakers, as this video proves. But don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of pronunciation tips to make it easier.