Difficult Business English Words for Spanish Speakers to Pronounce

/v/ sounds at the beginning or in the middle of a word

Due to the fact that a 'v' spelling is pronounced /b/ in Spanish, many Spanish speakers make the error of pronouncing 'v' sounds as a /b/ in English. Words with an English 'v' spelling should also be pronounced /v/. Here are the most classic advanced Business English examples:

very

avoid

delivery

value

averse

risk-averse

vision

review

develop

various

available

availability

Words with 'dv'

There are some very important business words with /dv/ sounds, which can actually be more difficult than /v/ sounds.

advantage

disadvantage

advise

advice

advertise

Words with 'nv'

Words with 'nv' are also very common in advanced Business English. These can also be quite challenging:

environment

involve

invite

invest

conversation

convert

invent

/ks/ sounds  (mainly words with an 'x')

In spanish, the /ks/ sound does not exist. When Spanish speakers pronounce words with an 'x' in them, they sometimes pronounce them with an /s/ sound, which can be difficult to understand.  Here are the most common Business English examples:

example

explain

expert

expand

experiment

extensive

expensive

experience

exit

excited

access

success

/ek sam pul/        /e sam pul/ 

/ek splain/        /e splain/

/ek spert/        /e spert/ 

/ek spand/        /e spand/

/ek spe ri ment/        /e spe ri ment/

/ek sten sive/        /e sten sive/

/ek spen sive/        /e spen sive/

/ek spe ree yence/        /e spe ree yence/

/ek sit/        /e sit/

/ek sai ted/        /e sai ted/

/ak ses/        /a ses/  

/suk ses/        /su ses/  

Words with 'j' in the spelling

Spanish speakers sometimes pronounce English words spelt with 'j' with a 'y' sound.  This can sometimes cause confusion.

/pro djekt/        /pro yekt/ 

/may djor/        /ma yor/

/ma djo ri tee/        /ma yo ri tee/ 

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