Richard-Business Eng
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Why the English Language is Hard to Learn - read and listen - PART 2



In English, some nouns, verbs, and adjectives are spelled the same but pronounced differently, i.e., different syllables are emphasized. 


I have recorded this discussion using

My accent is Canadian.


Would you like to try to record the same sentences and post your recording here?

Don't worry if you mispronounce anything.... just keep talking.

Here's my recording:


Here's the script:  (n = noun) (v = verb) (adj = adjective)



1)  The insurance was invalid (adj) for the invalid (n).

2)  There was a row (n) among the oarsmen about how to row (v).

3)  They were too close (adj) to the door to close (v) it.

4)  A seamstress and a sewer (n) fell down into a sewer (n).

5)  After a number (n) of injections, my jaw got number (adj).

6)  Upon seeing the tear (n) in the painting, I shed a tear (n).

7)  I had to subject (v) the subject (n) to a series of tests.

Dec 27, 2015 3:18 PM
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December 27, 2015

phew... (used to express relief)

and I was just in the midst of writing the cheque/check


Non-native English speakers

The word 'phew' is the sound that one makes when they have just learned that the stress they were suffering from has been relieved. It's also the soud one may make when they smell something awful.

This type of word is called "an Onomatopoeia" and pronounced as "on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh".

Onomatopoeia is defined as: the imitation of a sound.


Here is a great link to an onomatopoeia dictionary:

December 27, 2015

It would be great if you or another native speaker here made a recording for the following sentences.
• Excuse; Please excuse me while I think of an excuse.
• Minute; The button was so minute that it was a minute before I found it.
• Wind; Hopefully the wind will be strong enough to wind the windmill.
• Record; It's the referee's job to record the new world record.
• Abuse; When people abuse drugs this is called drug abuse.
• Contest; To contest the issue they held a contest.
• Duplicate; If I need a duplicate I can use the Xerox to duplicate the letter.
• Graduate; When I graduate I will become a graduate.
• Insult; You can insult someone by shouting an insult.
• Produce; These factories produce the produce that is shipped abroad.
• Rebel; A rebel is one who has decided to rebel.
• Absent; The boy was absent because he chose to absent from school
• Alternate; They alternate between using the alternate machine and the main one.
• Separate; I want you to separate the cards into two separate piles.
• Appropriate; It was appropriate for the teacher to appropriate the boy's knife.
• Console; I tried to console the controller as he stood at his console.
• Content; John was content that the content of the box was undamaged.
• Intimate; Ron tried to intimate that Liz had an intimate relationship with Ben.
• Recount; The President will recount the events that led to a vote recount.
• Refuse; The city dump was so full, they had to refuse to accept more refuse.
• Resent; I resent the fact that the letter was lost, but I have resent it.
• Wound; The doctor wound a bandage around the painful wound.

December 27, 2015

@ Richard

Even though I was hoping you would imitate a girl voice...or better still, with Malaysian accent...


Even though I love my accent the most... but I've fallen for your Canadian accent...


Even though your heart is broken by yourself (not me) but I will still recommend you a doctor who will use some surgical instruments like hammers, spanners, screws, etc (I strongly believe that you're not interested to read the full list of it) to fix it. By the way, you'll be his first lucky patient as I was informed that he just graduated on 28th December 2015.

(I'm jerking your chain too ^_*)


I'm a huge fan of Su.Ki. Therefore, I needed to make sure that she would read my post in order to win your giveaway. One more thing is I'm always late to participate your discussion.


To be honest, I'm learning British English because Malaysia, an ex-British colony... so... hehe


xie xie ni!



@ Richard & Su.Ki.

Thanks for pointing out my mispronunciations ! I really appreciate it.

December 30, 2015

And my apologies, Richard, for poaching your 'students' on your thread. Mine is the only girl's voice here so far, so I guess that's why the girls are copying it. And thank you for the endorsements.... any more compliments like that and people will be thinking that it's you who's getting $100,000 fee.

Looking forward to Part 3. And who knows, maybe the multilingual version, too?

December 29, 2015
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