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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.

  • Pandemic

    Word pronunciation: pan-dem-ik
    Definition: (of a disease) Affecting a large area, especially the whole world

    Example: Steps are being taken to prevent another H1N1 pandemic.

  • Parameter

    Word pronunciation: puh-ram-i-ter
    Definition: Facts which establish how much something can change

    Example: We have to work within the parameters of society.

  • Participate

    Word pronunciation: pahr-tis-uh-peyt
    Definition: To take part in an activity

    Example: The event will be more successful if everyone participates.

  • Particulars

    Word pronunciation: per-tik-yuh-lers
    Definition: Details/specifics of an item or person.

    Example: Please fill in your particulars to enter the contest.

  • Passengers

    Word pronunciation: pas-uhn-jers
    Definition: People who travel in a vehicle or ship

    Example: Singapore taxis can only take a maximum of four passengers.

  • Personnel

    Word pronunciation: pur-suh-nel
    Definition: The people who are employed in an organisation

    Example: Only authorised personnel are allowed to enter the building.

  • Photograph

    Word pronunciation: foh-tuh-graf, -grahf
    Definition: A picture produced using a camera

    Example: He carries a photograph of his girlfriend in his wallet.

  • Photography

    Word pronunciation: fuh-tog-ruh-fee
    Definitions:

    • The process of recording images on sensitized material by the action of light, X-rays, etc, and the chemical processing of this material to produce a print, slide, or cine film
    • The act of taking pictures using a camera

    Example: Photography is his hobby.

  • Picture

    Word pronunciation: pik-cher
    Definitions:
    NOUN

    • An image such as a painting, drawing or photograph
    • An image on a television screen
    • A cinema film
    • (the pictures) the cinema
    • An impression formed from n account or description of something
    VERB
    • Represent someone or something in a picture
    • Form a mental image of; visualize

    Example: This is a picture of my dog.

  • Poetry

    Word pronunciation: poh-i-tree
    Definition: Poems as a form of literature

    Example: We study poetry in our literature class.

  • Porcelain

    Word pronunciation: pawr-suh-lin, pohr-; pawrs-lin, pohrs-
    Definition: Objects such as cups and plates made out of a fine white substance made from clay

    Example: Her skin was like fine porcelain. 

  • Portable

    Word pronunciation: pawr-tuh-buhl, pohr-
    Definition: Small and easily carried

    Example: I was given a portable music player.

  • Potential

    Word pronunciation: puh-ten-shuhl
    Definition: Having possibilities that are not fully developed

    Example: She has shown great potential in class.

  • Prayer

    Word pronunciation: prair
    Definition: To speak to god in a humble way

    Example: She says a prayer every night.

  • Predator

    Word pronunciation: pred-uh-ter, -tawr
    Definition: An animal that kills and eats other animals

    Example: A tiger’s strong jaws and very sharp teeth make it an excellent predator.

  • Preparatory

    Word pronunciation: pri-par-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee
    Definition: Done in order to get ready for something

    Example: We can start some preparatory work now, so that we won’t be rushing when the project is due.

  • Prepare

    Word pronunciation: pri-pair
    Definition: To make something ready

    Example: It will take us a week to prepare for this party.

  • Primarily

    Word pronunciation: rahy-mair-uh-lee, -mer-
    Definition: Originally, mainly

    Example: This food is meant primarily for diabetics and therefore contains less sugar.

  • Priority

    Word pronunciation: prahy-awr-i-tee
    Definition: Something that is important and must be handled before anything else

    Example: Her family is her first priority.

  • Probably

    Word pronunciation: prob-uh-blee
    Definition: Very likely, very probable

    Example: I will probably see you tonight. 

  • Pronunciation

    Word pronunciation: pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn
    Definitions:

    • The act, instance, or manner of pronouncing sounds
    • The supposedly correct manner of pronouncing sounds in a given language
    • A phonetic transcription of a word

    Example: Good pronunciation is important.

  • Psychological

    Word pronunciation: sahy-kuh-loj-i-kuhl
    Definition: Relating to the human brain

    Example: Psychological defence is one of the five pillars of Singapore’s total defence strategy.

  • Purchase

    Word pronunciation: pur-chuhs
    Definition: To buy

    Example: The purchase of the house will soon be complete.

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