Sunday, August 17, 2008

Words wrongly pronounced

Students sometimes pronounce English words as they are spelt. This is the way words are articulated in Malay but not so in English.

These English words included 'looked' which is wrongly pronounced as 'loo curd', 'stopped' which is sounded ad 'stop perd', 'talked' which is rendered verbally as 'tall curd' and 'slapped' as 'slap perd'.

Actually, words ending in ‘ked’ or ‘ped’ is pronounced as 't'. Hence 'looked' and 'cooked' are pronounced as 'lookt' and 'cookt' respectively. 'slapped' sounds like 'slapt' while 'stopped' is articulated as 'stopt'.

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