My Pronunciation Cheat Sheet

January 17, 2014 • written by

I’m going to share you one of my biggest secrets why I can get to improve people’s skills faster.

Ready?

Here goes.

I teach them how to focus on…

wait for it…

few!

I teach them to focus on a few things that are important.

Back in school I’m notorious for asking the teacher why a boring lesson is important to learn and I still do.

I don’t do it out loud but sometime extra lessons are not really useful.

If something is not worth learning then it is important to not learn the lesson.

That’s just how I think personally.

If you need to improve your English skills you don’t need to go through every word in the dictionary.

You only need a few.

Where then do we start?

How about the top 100 most used words in the English language?

It is the most used after all, so it makes sense that we get this right now.

Do you agree?

I didn’t invent this but I found this very useful. Here’s the list. I copied it from Wikipedia. Why? Because it works. Here’s how you use it.

Can I pronounce each word correctly? Can I say it right?

Do I know what each word means? Can I come up with a short definition?

Can I use each word in a sentence?

Here’s an exercise:

  1. Write each word on a piece of paper. Add enough space to write two short sentences.
  2. Read the words out loud. In your own words, define the word. For fun translate into Filipino. Use the word in a sentence.
  3. Record what you wrote on your phone. Listen to it and ask your self if it sounds right.

Source for the words: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_common_words_in_English

RankWord
1the
2be
3to
4of
5and
6a
7in
8that
9have
10I
11it
12for
13not
14on
15with
16he
17as
18you
19do
20at
RankWord
21this
22but
23his
24by
25from
26they
27we
28say
29her
30she
31or
32an
33will
34my
35one
36all
37would
38there
39their
40what
RankWord
41so
42up
43out
44if
45about
46who
47get
48which
49go
50me
51when
52make
53can
54like
55time
56no
57just
58him
59know
60take
RankWord
61people
62into
63year
64your
65good
66some
67could
68them
69see
70other
71than
72then
73now
74look
75only
76come
77its
78over
79think
80also
RankWord
81back
82after
83use
84two
85how
86our
87work
88first
89well
90way
91even
92new
93want
94because
95any
96these
97give
98day
99most
100us

Here’s more.

Parts of Speech

Nouns (names of persons, places, things, events)

- time
- person
- year
- way
- day
- thing
- man
- world
- life
- hand
- part
- child
- eye
- woman
- place
- work
- week
- case
- point
- government
- company
- number
- group
- problem
- fact

Verbs (action words)

- be
- have
- do
- say
- get
- make
- go
- know
- take
- see
- come
- think
- look
- want
- give
- use
- find
- tell
- ask
- work
- seem
- feel
- try
- leave
- call

Adjectives (describing words)

- good
- new
- first
- last
- long
- great
- little
- own
- other
- old
- right
- big
- high
- different
- small
- large
- next
- early
- young
- important
- few
- public
- bad
- same
- able
- to
- of
- in
- for
- on
- with
- at
- by
- from
- up
- about
- into
- over
- after
- beneath
- under
- above

Others

- the
- and
- a
- that
- I
- it
- not
- he
- as
- you
- this
- but
- his
- they
- her
- she
- or
- an
- will
- my
- one
- all
- would
- there

updated: 10/19/2016

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