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Say It Right! contains a list of commonly mispronounced words with correct audio pronunciations and definitions in a Singaporean voice. Learn how to pronounce words like liaise, siphon, esplanade, almond, library.

  • Cache

    Word pronunciation: kash
    Definition: A place where things are hidden, especially the temporary storage on a computer

    Example: Let’s clear the cache from your computer.

  • Callous

    Word pronunciation: kal-uhs
    Definition: Lacking in sympathy for the pain or distress of other people.

    Example: His attitude was really quite callous.

  • Cellist

    Word pronunciation: chel-ist
    Definition: A person who plays the cello.

    Example: Yoyoma is a world famous cellist.

  • Cello

    Word pronunciation: chel-oh-
    Definition: A large musical instrument with four strings.

    Example: He plays the cello in an orchestra.

  • Character

    Word pronunciation: kar-ik-ter
    Definitions:

    • The qualities that make a person different from others
    • The particular nature of something
    • Strength and originality in a person’s nature
    • A person’s good reputation
    • A person in a novel, play or film
    • An eccentric or amusing person
    • A printed or written letter or symbol

    Example: He has a good character.

  • Children

    Word pronunciation: chil-druhn
    Definition: Young people, plural for child

    Example: I have two grown-up children.

  • Colleague

    Word pronunciation: kol-eeg
    Definition: A fellow worker or member of a staff, department, profession, etc in an organisation

    Example: She gets along well with her colleagues.

  • Comfortable

    Word pronunciation: kuhmf-tuh-buhl
    Definitions:

    • (of clothing, furniture, etc.) Producing or affording physical comfort, support, or ease
    • Being in a state of physical or mental comfort; contented and undisturbed; at ease
    • (of a person, situation, etc.) Producing mental comfort or ease; easy to accommodate oneself to or associate with
    • Free from financial worry

    Example: This sofa is really comfortable.

  • Committee

    Word pronunciation: kuh-mit-ee
    Definition: A group of people who are appointed to deal with particular issues

    Example: I want to join the welfare committee.

  • Comparable

    Word pronunciation: kom-per-uh-buhl
    Definitions:

    • Capable of being compared; having features in common with something else to permit or suggest comparison
    • Worthy of comparison
    • Usable for comparison; similar

    Example: The pay in those two jobs is comparable.

  • Concern

    Word pronunciation: kuhn-surn
    Definition: Anxiety, worry; to be involved in

    Example: Your slipping grades are a very big concern.

  • Connoisseur

    Word pronunciation: kon-uh-sur
    Definition: A person who is an expert in the arts or matters of taste.

    Example: He is a well-known art connoisseur.

  • Content

    Word pronunciation: kon-tent; kon-tent
    Commonly mispronounced as: corn-tent
    Definitions:

    • Happy, satisfied
    • Contents, something that is contained; the subjects or topics covered in a book or document

    Examples:

    • I am very contented with my life.
    • I like to start reading from the contents page.

  • Continue

    Word pronunciation: kuhn-tin-yoo
    Definition: Carry on with or resume an activity or process

    Example: I will continue to study hard.

  • Contribute

    Word pronunciation: kuhn-trib-yoot
    Definition: To give something, such as money or time, in order to allow something good to be achieved.

    Example: She continues to contribute to charity despite being jobless.

  • Coup

    Word pronunciation: koo
    Definition: A sudden action which brings unexpected success

    Example: The military tried to seize power by staging a coup.

  • Coupon

    Word pronunciation: koo-pon, kyoo-pon
    Definition: A piece of paper that can be used to obtain something free or at a reduced price

    Example: This discount coupon will help me save some money.

  • Courier

    Word pronunciation: kur-ee-er, koor- ier
    Definition: A person employed to carry important messages or documents.

    Example: She delivered her package by overnight courier.

  • Crisp

    Word pronunciation: krisp
    Definition: Firm and fresh; a thin, round piece of fried potato, often sold as a snack in plastic bags

    Example: The pastry was crisp and delicious.

  • Crisps

    Word pronunciation: krisps
    Definition: A packet of thin slices of fried potatoes eaten as a snack

    Example: I enjoy snacking on crisps while watching a movie.

  • Croissant

    Word pronunciation: kruh-sahnt
    Definition: A light crescent-shaped pastry

    Example: The buttery smell of croissant makes my mouth water.

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