Thursday, June 3, 2010
The two most common mistakes of Mandarin podcasters
The word is "proNUNciation", and not "proNOUNciation". I know it's a little confusing because the verb is "proNOUNce", but when it becomes a noun it loses the "O". Yes, the spelling actually changes. Given that this word is often heard on language-tuition podcasts, this mistake occurs regularly.
(And if you don't believe me, look it up in a dictionary :-)
Again, this word is commonly used, and often pronounced incorrectly. The correct phonetic pronunciation (proNUNciation, BTW) is "NE-mon-ic". It is not "NOO-mon-ic". Maybe you're thinking of a word like "pneumatic", which does indeed begin with "NOO-...". But not this one.
(And if you don't believe me ... )
There, I've said it. I feel better now. Thanks for listening. (And if you can think of a mnemonic for getting the pronunciation of "pronunciation" correct, let us know :-)