How to pronounce entrepreneur
The word entrepreneur is used a lot these days.
An entrepreneur is someone who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.
The word is originally from the French, entreprendre, meaning to undertake.
Many of the people I work with in my American accent programs are entrepreneurs, so they absolutely need to say this word clearly and correctly.
Two correct pronunciations for entrepreneur
There are two correct pronunciations for the word entrepreneur.
Listen again to hear how I pronounced the last syllable in each version.
- The sound of the last syllable in the first version is /ɝ/ as in Purple.
- The sound of the last syllable in the second version is /uw/ as in Blue.
Choose the version that you prefer and use it.
If you say entrepreneur like I did in the recording, Americans will get it.
Follow the same method to pronounce the word entrepreneur➝ial.
Stress the syllable with the uer. Use an /uw/ as in Blue or an /ɝ/ as in Purple vowel sound.
Entrepreneur & other challenging pronunciations
Other challenging words that entrepreneurs need to say clearly and correctly include:
You may think you’re saying these words correctly.
However, in my experience coaching foreign born entrepreneurs to speak clear American English, I find that these words are frequently mispronounced.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an accent reduction coach. She teaches foreign born professionals to speak clear and engaging American English.
Check out her online courses to find out if her American accent programs are right for you.