How do you pronounce agenda?
One word that I frequently teach people to say is the word AGENDA.
Why is this word so tough to pronounce?
Agenda is difficult to pronounce because the letter G has a /ʤ/ sound.
While most people can articulate the /ʤ/ sound, Chinese Spanish and Indian English speakers often find it difficult.
The letter G has more than one sound
Other people just don’t realize that the letter G sometimes has a /ʤ/ sound.
Other words that have a /ʤ/ sound include:
It’s often the spelling
You can see that the /ʤ/ sound can be spelled with a G or a J.
In my experience as an accent reduction coach, I’ve found that it’s often the spelling of a word that causes pronunciation problems for non native speakers.
Learn the patterns
Learning common sound & spelling patterns is something that I teach the professionals who I work with in my accent reduction coaching programs.
In most cases you can articulate the correct sound….you just need to understand WHEN to use it!