How to pronounce focus
Many of the people who I work with in accent reduction coaching program mispronounce the word focus.
This error is frequently made by South Asians, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian speakers.
Mispronunciation of this word can cause some embarrassing problems!
The sounds of the letter O
This error usually happens because people were never taught that the letter O in the word focus needs be articulated with a nice long /ow/ as in Rose vowel sound.
The letter O has many sounds in spoken American English.
The schwa vowel sound
The letter U in the second syllable needs to be said with the reduced schwa vowel sound.
Learn to say words the American way
I teach you to say critical words the American way in my accent reduction training programs.
- You’ll learn to use the correct sounds for the letter O.
- You’ll learn to use the most common sound in American English, the schwa vowel sound.
My training programs were developed for high achieving adults who learned English outside the US. In all of my programs, I teach you how speak American English in a way that your colleagues will respect and understand!
About the author
Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an American English communication and accent reduction coach.