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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.

  • Debris

    Word pronunciation: duh-bree, dey-bree or deb-ree
    Definition: The remains of something that has been destroyed/demolished

    Example: After the collision of 2 ships, large amounts of debris was washed up on the beach.

  • Debt

    Word pronunciation: det
    Definitions:

    • Something that is owed or that one is bound to pay to or perform for another
    • A liability or obligation to pay or render something
    • The condition of being under such an obligation
    • Theology; an offense requiring reparation; a sin; a trespass

    Example: Don’t spend more than you earn or you’ll soon accumulate a large credit card debt.

  • Debut

    Word pronunciation: day-byoo
    Definition: The first appearance of someone in public, especially in a show

    Example: He made his debut performance when he was just four years old.

  • Defer

    Word pronunciation: dih-fur
    Definition: To delay taking action, usually in order to wait for the opinion of someone else

    Example: He tried to defer his enlistment to a later date so he could go on his honeymoon.

  • Definition

    Word pronunciation: def-uh-nish-uhn
    Definition: The explanation of the meaning of a word or set of words

    Example: The dictionary provides us with clear definitions of words.

  • Delegate

    Word pronunciation: del-i-geyt
    Listen to the 2 different ways you can use Delegate in a sentence:
    Definition: To appoint someone else to do a job for you.

    Examples:

    • Three hundred delegates are scheduled to arrive for the conference.
    • Don't try to do everything yourself, delegate some of your work to your staff.

  • Deposit

    Word pronunciation: dih-poz-it
    Definition: To make an initial partial payment for something, as a guarantee that you will buy it

    Example: Every month I deposit some money into my savings account.

  • Depot

    Word pronunciation: dee-poh; Mil. or Brit. dep-oh
    Definitions:

    • A place for the storage of large quantities of goods
    • A place where buses, trains, or other vehicles are housed and maintained
    • A railway or bus station

    Example: The bus refuelled at the depot.

  • Deteriorate

    Word pronunciation: dih-teer-ee-uh-reyt
    Definition: To become worse

    Example: Despite the intensive treatment, her health continued to deteriorate.

  • Differ

    Word pronunciation: dif-er
    Definition: To be unlike something else, or to have a different opinion

    Example: Although your views differ from ours, we will find a way to come to an agreement.

  • Diplomatic

    Word pronunciation: dip-luh-mat-ik
    Definition: Involving the relationships between countries

    Example: Her diplomatic approach to sensitive issues literally saved the day.

  • Disaster

    Word pronunciation: dih-zas-ter, -zah-ster
    Definition: An unfortunate event that causes great hardship to many people

    Example: Early warnings of natural disasters such as earthquakes can help save lives.

  • Divorce

    Word pronunciation: dih-vawrs, -vohrs
    Definition: To end a marriage officially

    Example: Marriage counselling is advised. Divorce is the really the last option.

  • Dysfunctional

    Word pronunciation: dis-fuhngk-shuhn-uhl
    Definition: Not behaving or working normally

    Example: His kidneys are sadly dysfunctional, that’s why he needs to go for dialysis treatment.

  • Dyslexia

    Word pronunciation: dis-lek-see-uh
    Definition: A difficulty with reading and writing caused by a problem in the brain

    Example: My son has dyslexia and that’s why he reads slower than others.

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