How to pronounce suggestion
Suggestion is a tough word to pronounce. You need to use two schwa vowel sounds, two different G sounds and an unexpected T sound in order to say it correctly.
Let’s break it down~
1. The first syllable is reduced. Use a schwa vowel soun. The G has a “hard G” sound.
2. The second syllable is stressed. The G has a “soft G” sound.
3. The third syllable is reduced. Use a schwa vowel sound. The T has a /ch/ sound.
Here’s how I spell suggestion for my coaching clients.
- səg JES chən
Here’s how the word looks in the Merriam Webster dictionary. The blue letters show the phonetic pronunciation.
Try the correct pronunciation in these sentences/questions.
- Can I make a suggestion?
- Who has a suggestion?
- I’m open to suggestions.
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.
Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.