Quick Pronunciation Exercise (15) – Work


It can really help you improve your pronunciation if you know the phonetic symbols and the sounds they represent. You don’t need to worry about learning to write them just to recognise them.

If you do some of my Quick Pronunciation Exercises, you’ll pick them up in no time, plus you’ll see that you gain a better awareness about how words are pronounced. This will not only improve your pronunciation but your listening skills too. If you don’t know how a particular word is pronounced then it is very likely then that when you hear it, you don’t recognise it.

Remember too that it’s not just about the sounds that make up the word but also which syllable is stressed. The stress is on the syllable after the apostrophe (‘).

Can you ‘decipher’ these 10 words related to Work?

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Check out the main Quick Pronunciation Exercises page with the full list of exercises and links to very useful pronunciation videos.


1. career
2. salary
3. personnel
4. vacancy
5. qualifications
6. course
7. promotion
8. employer

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Quick English Pronunciation Exercises

It can really help improve your pronunciation if you take a little time to learn the phonetic symbols and the sounds they represent.  Learning them has helped many of my students with their pronunciation. And it will save you time in your English adventure!

Start here and then come back and practice!

You don’t need to worry about learning to write them just to recognise them so that when you see them in a dictionary or on social media or your teacher writes them out, you know what sounds should be produced.

Do these quick pronunciation exercises and you’ll pick them up in no time.

NB. These exercises are based on my British southern accent (but also work for RP)

Very important!! There are many accents so I really encourage you as you are learning English to expose yourself to different accents from different countries and regions. However, just because an accent is different, it doesn’t mean that every word is pronounced in an entirely different way.

If you want a deeper dive into pronunciation, check out my recommendations below.

Exercise 1 Common Words

Exercise 2 Common Words

Exercise 3 Common Words

Exercise 4 Common Words

Exercise 5 Common Words

Exercise 6 Common Words

Exercise 7 Common Words

Exercise 8 Common Words

Exercise 9 Common Words

Exercise 10  Animals

Exercise 11 Personality Adjectives

Exercise 12 Free Time Activities

Exercise 13 Health and the Body

Exercise 14 TV and Film

Exercise 15 Work

Exercise 16 Thanksgiving

Exercise 17 Christmas

Exercise 18 Cats

Exercise 19 Football

Exercise 20 Tennis

Exercise 21: Halloween

My recommendations

If you’d like to learn more about pronunciation, I highly recommend checking out Papa Teach Me’s series of pronunciation videos:  I have learnt from him myself!

Learn more about the schwa which is the most common sound in English with this very short video. It is really worth your time to know the basics about this hugely important sound.