Proper pronunciation is the icing on the cake when it comes to attaining mastery in the English language. No matter how much vocabulary one knows, the correct pronunciation is the last piece of the puzzle to being an effective, successful, and impressive communicator. Mispronunciation can damage not only communication but also one’s credibility. So, how does one improve the pronunciation? Listening attentively to how words are pronounced and understanding elements such as word stress and intonation are some crucial elements to correct pronunciation.

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1. Pronunciation

Meaning: The way in which a word is pronounced.

2. Asthma

Meaning: Meaning: A respiratory condition marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing

3. Exaggerate

Meaning: Represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is.

4. Definitely

Meaning: Without a doubt (used for emphasis)

5. Pizza

Meaning: A dish of Italian origin, consisting of a flat round base of dough baked with a topping of tomatoes and cheese, typically with added meat, fish, or vegetables.)

6. Wednesday

Meaning: The day of the week before Thursday and the following Tuesday.

7. Stomach

Meaning: The internal organ in which the major part of the digestion of food occurs, being (in humans and many mammals) a pear-shaped enlargement of the alimentary canal linking the oesophagus to the small intestine.

8. Zoology

Meaning: The scientific study of the behaviour, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals.

9. Bury

Meaning: To conceal by or as if by covering with earth. Like a dog burying a bone buried treasure.

10. Jewellery

Meaning: Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.

11. Mischievous

Meaning: Causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.

12. Material

Meaning: The matter from which a thing is or can be made. Information or ideas for use in creating a book or other work.

13. Bomb

Meaning: a container filled with explosive or incendiary material, designed to explode on impact or when detonated by a timing, proximity, or remote-control device.

14. Breakfast

Meaning: A meal eaten in the morning, the first of the day.

15. Capacity

Meaning: The maximum amount that something can contain.

16. Comedian

Meaning: An entertainer on stage or television whose act is designed to make an audience laugh.

17. Cucumber

Meaning: A long, green-skinned fruit with watery flesh, usually eaten raw in salads or pickled.

18. Draught

Meaning: Draught is the British spelling of the word draft. A cold burst of wind, a swig or a serving of a drink, the act of pulling a heavy load, and the depth of a ship below the surface of the water: each of these can be called a draught.

19. Faux Pas

Meaning: An embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation.

20. Horizon

Meaning: The line where the earth seems to meet the sky.

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