Confusing English Words

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Confusing English Words

When you pronounce a word, do you worry that it sounds like a different word? Have people been confused or have they misunderstood you?

Here are some that my students often confuse:

can and can’t
Doug and dog
Brett and Brad (men’s names)
series and serious
staff and stuff
sheet and shit
this and these
of and off

Which ones can you add to this list?

By | 2015-11-28T05:23:41+00:00 December 26th, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

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  1. Anonymous January 20, 2012 at 8:51 am


    First of all, thank you very much for your videos on You Tube.

    Some words confusing me :
    low – law
    clothes – close
    die – dye
    wait – weight

    Best regards.


  2. Lisa Mojsin January 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Hi Laurent – "die and dye" are pronounced the same and "wait and weight" are too. Many Americans pronounce "clothes" and "close" the same. "Low" and "law" are very different in American English but in British English they are more similar – the lips are more rounded for "law" in British and more open in American English.

  3. L June 7, 2012 at 7:43 am


    sail-sale-sell always got me. As does the tail-tale-tell combo.

    Thanks for the YouTube vids.



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