The Top 10 Mispronounced TV Shows

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In this episode, I’m going to teach you how to pronounce the top 10 TV shows that are often mispronounced by non-native speakers (can you already guess what they are??!)

And why are they often mispronounced?
Well, because as you’ll notice, each one of the shows on this list has a particular combination of sounds that makes it challenging to say them smoothly.

And since we often find ourselves talking about a certain show ALL DAY LONG, it’s important that the names flow out smoothly 😉

(Don’t forget to scroll down after watching the video to see the words spelled phonetically)

Now, practice it again:

1. Stranger Things /STREIN-j’r thin(g)z / IPA: ˈstreɪn-ʤər ˈθɪŋz
2. The Handmaid’s tale / th-‘HAND-meidz te-y’l (turns into th-‘HAN-meidz te-y’l)/ IPA: ðə ˈhɛənd-ˌmeɪdz ˈteɪɫ
3. Pretty Little Liars / pri-dee li-d’l lai-y’rz / ˈprɪ-t̬iː ˈlɪ-t̬əɫ ˈlaɪ-ərz
4. Big Little Lies / big li-d’l laiz / ˈbɪg ˈlɪt̬əɫ laɪz
5. Black Mirror / blak mir’r (turns into mirr) / IPA: blæk- ˈmɪrər
6. Game of Thrones / gei-m’v thrownz / IPA: ˈgeɪm əv ˈθroʊnz
7. Orange is the New Black / o-r’nj’z’th nuw blak / IPA: ˈɔrənʤ əz ðə nuː ˈblæk
8. Westworld / WES(t)-were-lld / IPA: ˈwɛst̚ˌwɜrɫd
9. Queer as folk / kwee-raz-fowk/ IPA: ˈkwir æz ˈfoʊk
10. The Bachelor & Bachelorette / th’ BATSH-l’r IPA: ˈbætʃ-lər / batsh-luh-RET IPA: ˌbætʃ-ləˈrɛt

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Hey there! It’s Hadar and this is the Accent’s Way. Today we’re going to talk

about the most complicated names of TV shows out there.

Complicated for non-native speakers and how to pronounce them correctly.

This is a list that you actually came up with after I posted about it on Facebook.

So let’s get started

Stranger Things

STREIN-j’r thin(g)z

Three syllables.

The first syllable is STREIN

You start with S and then you move on to the TR.

The TR sounds sort of like a CH sound. STRAY. That’s the A as in ‘day’.

So it’s not stre-, stre-

STREIN and then you close it with an N.
STREIN.

The next syllable is -GER.

ʤər. You start with a G sound and you
move it directly to the R. -ʤər, ʤər.

There is no vowel in between. STRAIN-ger.

And then the last word is THINGS.

Stick the tongue up for the TH, relaxed ‘I’.
THINGS

and end it with a Z. Because the S is pronounced as a Z.

THINGS, Stranger Things.

They should have never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army.

The Handmaid’s Tale.

Like any good complicated word, we start with a TH.

the, the

Make sure that the vowel after is
very reduced. So it’s not THE, THE.

Then you move on to the H. HAND. If you tend to not pronounce the H be sure to pronounce it.

You need to release air from your
throat. It’s like a whisper.

H, the H-h-and.

Then you move on to the A sound that is
slightly modified. Drop your jaw, listen

heah, heah

You hear this transition? Do it!
The hand.

Then it’s an N and the D

but because there is an M right after The Hand- maids. Right

th-‘HAN-meidz

So the D is swallowed. You don’t say ‘The HanDmade’, you don’t have fully pronounce the D.

Sometimes you can even drop it and no one will notice

if you say it’s super fast.

The HaNmaid’s, The HaNmaid’s

The hannnnmaids right.

And if you wanna pronounce it properly the handddd.

The D is the held D. You don’t release it.

The Handdd — you move on to the N.

th-‘HAN-meidz. Z not an S.

TALE. An aspirated T, a long A as in ‘day’ and a dark L. te-y’l

Sounds like you’re adding a y-sound right before the L. te-y’l

The Handmaid’s Tale.

Pretty Little Liars.

A lot of flap T’s here.

So we start with PR. Round your lips a little bit for the R, bring it back the tongue.

PRI and then it’s a relaxed ‘I’ sound. Not PRE-ty but pri, pri

Then a flap T and a high E.

pri-dee, pri-dee

priiii-dee

Then we have the word ‘little’.

I have a full video just about the word ‘little’. So go check it out.

Pretty li- . An L-sound and a relaxed ‘I’.

pri-dee li-d’l

flap T and a dark L. So imagine like there is an O in between

pri-dee li-d’l laɪ-ərz

And then you move on to the L.

And then laɪ-ərz. You add a y-sound, a schwa in an R.

laɪ-ərz, okay.

pri-dee li-d’l laɪ-ərz, pri-dee li-d’l laɪ-ərz.

That’s such a tongue twister.

Pretty Little Liars, Pretty.. Pretty Little Liars, Pretty Little Liars.

Big Little Lies. Almost the same but
different.

The only difference is that we have the
word BIG.

It starts with a relaxed ‘I’. Not BEEG but BIG, Big.

Move on to the word LITTLE. You already know how to pronounce it.

Big Little and then another L. LIES.
Close it with a Z. Big Little Lies.

Have you watched Pretty Little Liars
last night? Oh no I watched Big Little LIes.

Oh god I can’t watch this.

Black Mirror.

You start with a B-sound then the L, BL but make the L a little heavier.

Then open it to the A and ‘cat’. blak

Close it with a K blak. Move on to
the M of ‘mirror.

black mi- relaxed ‘I’

and then don’t get all confused with the R
in the O and the R.

Just make it like a long R. Mirr, mirr.

How could you not just pronounce that like one long R.

mir’r, blak mir’r

It’ll make your life a lot easier and the name is going to sound a lot clearer.

mirror, black mirror.

Have you seen the new season of Black Mirror? Oh it’s so black!

Game of Thrones.

So the word GAME is rather easy. Make sure you bring your lips together for the M at the end.

Game

Then you move on to a reduced word and that is the word ‘of’.

So actually you wanna connect those two together.

geɪm əv, geɪm əv

məv, məv

Then stick the tongue out for the word THRONES.

You start with a TH then an R. THR, THR

pull the tongue in for the R so it doesn’t hit anything on the way up. Thrones right

Thro-o-o so you can also prolong it for a little bit

until you make sure that you pronounce the R sound correctly.

Throw ‘O’ as in ‘go’. Make sure you add a W at the end.

Throne and add a Z.

Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones.

Orange is the New Black.

Orange is the New Black. Orange is the New Black.

I guess the hardest part here ‘is the’, ‘is the’, ‘is the’.

You need to train your tongue to go through this transition

between the Z-sound of ‘is’ and
the TH. ‘z’th, ‘z’th, ‘z’th, ‘z’th.

So let’s do this for half an hour so.

You start with a TH then an R. THR, THR

See a lot easier. Is the

Orange is the, o-r’nj’z’th

and then we have the first word
to add. o-r’nj’z’th

Now the first syllable is OR- Round your lips for the ‘O’, make sure that you don’t bring the tongue up too soon.

So it’s not ‘ərange’ but OR, OR and from here you move to -range/rənʤ.

So it’s kind like you have two R’s here: ɔR-Rənʤ.

An R a schwa and the nʤ-sound. ɔrənʤ

You bring the tongue up for the N and then you close it with -ʤ.

So you technically you’re doing something like this nʤ-nʤ with your tongue.

o-r’nj’, o-r’nj’z’th okay and then you move on to this transition that you’ve already mastered

o-r’nj’z’th nuw. An N-sound, and then
the long U sound as in ‘food’

and you don’t have to say it as ‘new’. You don’t have to add the y-sound right beofre the ‘u’. nuw

You can just do it like this ‘nuw’ cuz you’re chill and your hip and your cool.

o-r’nj’z’th nuw blak

B and an L, BL and then an A as in ‘cat’. Blak.

Drop your jaw, so it doesn’t sound like ‘blek’ or ‘blak’, blæk.

Push your tongue forward the lips pull to the sides a bit and close it with a K.

Orange’s the New Black, Orange’s the New Black.

I’m in a dream.

You’re in my dream.

Westworld.

I mean WORLD alone is a challenging word right.

So let’s first learn how to pronounce that.

You start with the W and then you move on to the R immediately. Were There’s no ‘O’ in the middle.

So don’t say something like ‘wOrld’ okay

Just switch from the W to the R and be chill, be chill. were

Then the L is long, is deep it’s it’s a back dark open L sound.

A lot of times people drop the L when they say something like ‘word’, ‘Westword’.

That’s a different name. Westworld ‘o-o-l’

You want to make sure that you hear that dark deep L sound.

And only when you bring the tongue up for the D and it has to be light.

were-lld, were-lld

Once you hear the D that’s it. the word is over. So it’s it shouldn’t be too dominant.

Know the WESTstarts with a W and then it’s the ‘ɛ’ as in red. Wɛs

So you want to drop your jaw here and then the S is pronounced until it is stopped abruptly

and that is technically the T. Wɛs, wɛs

So I don’t really pronounce the T. It’s not ‘west’, ‘wes’ moving on to the next word ‘world’. Wesworld okay

Wes-world

So all these consonants that were kind of squeezing together.

So in order to pronounce it clearly follow my guidelines

and then do it over and over and over and over again like 20-30 times until you get your tongue around it.

Westworld.

Queer as Folk.

Here the ‘as’ is a function word but we’re going to pronounce it fully.

Queer has a high E-sound and then you shift to the R. kwee-r

Make sure you don’t bring the tongue up too soon cuz then it’s gonna sound like kwer

kwee-r So give some space for the high E to be pronounced kwee-r

then open your mouth for the A in ‘cat’ and close it with the Z not an S. kwee-raz

And then we have the word FOLK/fowk.

It is not ‘folk’. There is no L and the O is a long O as in ‘go’. fowk

Queer as folk. Connect it all together. kwee-raz-fowk

I can’t accept your proposal.

I’m scared.

What just happend?

The Bachelor.

Classy.

BATSH-l’r. You start with a B and then it’s the A as in ‘cat’. Batch- close it with a CH-sound

The first syllable Batch-

And then the most important thing here is that you don’t pronounce the O.

It’s not -lore but it’s ‘l’r’

BATSH-l’r, BATSH-l’r.

And on the contrary, we have bachelorette

bache-lo-rette/batsh-luh-RET

So we start the same batch- lo-rett

Here we do pronounce an ɛ-sound at the end and that’s where the stress lies:

bacheloRET, BATCHelor, the BATCHelor, the bacheloRET.

Okay that’s it. Thank you so much for watching!

Let me know in the comments
below what is your favorite TV show

and if there are any other shows that I’ve
forgotten to mention

that are difficult for you to pronounce.

also if you want to grab the list of the shows and the phonetic transcription

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4 Comments on “The Top 10 Mispronounced TV Shows”

  1. Dear Hadar, you are really one of the best English teachers. I love this awesome sound and accent ❤. please keep it up your talents.

  2. Thanks. I knew how to pronounce them already, but found a couple of new shows-The Handmaid’s Tale & Black Mirror.😀

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