Nooooooooo, Teacher!

Have you ever heard an adult mispronounce a word and you’re just like…”Uhh???” And then you’re gonna be like…”Hmmmm…” It’s not going to end well especially when you’re a b++++y linguist or a grammar Nazi who wants everything to be perfect. But what if you hear a little kid who looks like an angel or a baby mispronouncing his/herย words? I bet you’d go…”Awwwwww” in an instant looking like someone who just got out of somewhere. ๐Ÿ˜›

Since my students are still young and they are just beginning to learn English as their second language, it is very inevitable for them to mispronounce a lot of words. For some people, it could be very frustrating to make kids repeat words over and over again until they get the right pronunciation of it.

For me, it has been an enjoyable ride so far. I find it so funny when the kidsย mispronounce their words. They really try hard to perfect it. They even mimic how I sound when they repeat the words.

I decided to make a list of the words they often mispronounce.

The /L/ and /R/ Confusion.ย 

Most of the time, they interchange the two letter sounds.

๐Ÿ˜€ Walk – WORK

๐Ÿ˜€ Work – WALK

๐Ÿ˜€ School – SKOOR

๐Ÿ˜€ People – PEE-POHR

๐Ÿ˜€ Rule – LOOR

๐Ÿ˜€ย Pen palย – PEN-PARR

The /B/ and /V/ Confusion.

๐Ÿ˜€ Volleyball – BAH-LI-BOHRR

๐Ÿ˜€ Vegetable – BEHJ-TUH-BOHRR

The /P/ and /F/ Confusion.

๐Ÿ˜€ Football – POOT-BOHRR

๐Ÿ˜€ Family – PEH-MEE-LEE

๐Ÿ˜€ Gift – GIPT

The /Z/ and /J/ Confusion.

๐Ÿ˜€ Zoo – JEW

๐Ÿ˜€ Zipper – JEE-PERR

๐Ÿ˜€ Brazil – BRUH-JEEL

The Theta Sound.

๐Ÿ˜€ Theater – TEE-YEH-TH-ER

๐Ÿ˜€ Thanksgiving – TENGKS-GI-BEENG

The Extended Vowels/Tail Sounds.

๐Ÿ˜€ Fish – FISH-EE

๐Ÿ˜€ Art – ART-UH

The Death of /W/.

๐Ÿ˜€ Woman – OOH-MAHN

๐Ÿ˜€ Wood – OOHD

They even mispronounce their names.

๐Ÿ˜€ Vivien – BEE-BIEN

๐Ÿ˜€ Stacy – STACKY

๐Ÿ˜€ Nancy – NAN-KEY

๐Ÿ˜€ Lucy – LUCKY

๐Ÿ˜€ Tracy – TRACKY


๐Ÿ˜€ Vietnam – VITAMIN

๐Ÿ˜€ Gravity –ย GREY-VI-TEE

๐Ÿ˜€ Spacesuit – SPACE-SHOOT

Sometimes they also give up when they don’t get it right even afterย trying it so many times. So they just do what they want, and say the wordsย the wayย they interpret them. Sometimes there are even some of them who would say, “No” the way an exhausted teacher like me would say “F*** it, I’m done” on a busy day. ๐Ÿ˜€

But when you’re a teacher, you don’t give up on them even when you reach the point where they getย super annoyed and irritated by you, or that momentย when they are already screaming the words out or kicking their computers (like myย Song Eun :D) because the Universe is clearly soooooo against them.


6 thoughts on “Nooooooooo, Teacher!

  1. They’ll all get there in the end – well, at least, most of them. Learning how to pronounce new words does not come easy to every child. I’m glad you’re patient with them – shouting at them has the opposite effect and makes them withdrawn and non-receptive to learning. ๐Ÿ™‚


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