-A person who achieves great success when relatively young. -A child prodigy.
Example of Wunderkind in a sentence:
"The piano teacher always hoped that she might come across a wunderkind in her lessons."
Some things just sound cooler in a foreign language. You could call that talented kid a child prodigy, but wunderkind is so much more fun. The direct translation from German is wonder child, and don't forget to pronounce the "V" at the beginning of wunderkind.
- Lazy or disinterested - Lacking vitality or enthusiasm
Examples of Lackadaisical in a sentence:
1. Your lackadaisical attitude won't get you far in the fast-paced corporate world.
2. He took a lackadaisical approach to school, submitting incomplete assignments after the deadline.
Fact: Lackadaisical comes from a 17th-century word, "Lackaday," which was said when someone was frustrated, disappointed, or even surprised. It eventually evolved to its adjective form, lackadaisical, and the interjection fell out of popularity.
I came from Europe and I heard countless times how English speakers pronounce the words. I came to America and the same exact words are pronounce differently. You could be watching your favorite British crime drama and have to turn on the captions just to understand it. And sometimes foreign visitors to the U.S. find themselves asking for people to repeat themselves. Here are a few words that Americans pronounce differently from everybody else.
Herb (Erb vs. Her-b)
You know those plants you grow in your window sill and add to your salads and breads? Americans ignore that first H (ay-ch), making the word sound like "Erb" while the Brits most assuredly say "Herb" with that ay-ch sound.
The Letter Z (zee vs. zed)
"A, B, C, D, E, F, G…W, X, Y, and Z" — It’s the song we all learned as children, and it ends in "zee," unless you’re from any country that learned the Queen’s English. They all say "zed." So did Americans get it wrong when crossing the ocean? It seems so, especially considering the British adopted the letter from the Greek "zeta" which utilizes the same vowel sound.
Foyer (foy-yer vs. foy-yay)
Here’s an example of French pronunciation gone wrong. If you’re lucky enough to have the space for a special entryway area, you might as well call it something fancy. But Americans have tarnished the pronunciation, calling it a "foy-yer" instead of the French "foy-yay."
Nadine (n-AY-deen vs. n-UH-dine)
Now we get to the names portion of this list. Which is the correct pronunciation? Whichever one your mother gave you. But you can divide up the choices across border lines. Most Americans pronounce it "n-AY-deen." If you’re a Nadine, don’t be offended if you hear another version on your travels.
Cecil (See-sil vs. Seh-sil)
Another good old-fashioned name to add to the list. See-sil is definitely the more American way of pronouncing it, but Seh-sil sounds way more posh. If you want to add a tweed coat and a monocle to your wardrobe, you can go with Seh-sil.
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Have you ever been in a conversation and just stumbled-mumbled over a word you’re not entirely sure how to pronounce? You’re not alone. Here are 3 examples of the most commonly mispronounced words, and how to say them properly, so you can speak like a boss.
Health lovers know the superfood benefits of this Amazonian fruit – but how many of them know how to say it properly? The actual answer is ah-sigh-EE, although many folks have been tripped up pronouncing it as ah-KAI or ah-SIGH.
Believe it or not, memes have been around since the 1970s, designed to reflect "a unit of cultural transmission." If you’ve ever said mee-mee, may-may, or mem, to borrow a meme catchphrase: "You’re doing it wrong." The proper way is simply meem.
It’s easy to get confused with this one: a lot of people say cash-AY because it’s so similar to cachet, which actually does have that two-syllable sound. But in actuality, say cash and you’re saying it right.
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This word has jumped in popularity since the rise of status updates, yet most people still say it wrong, as in STAH-tus. Show your grammar chops and pronounce it as STAY-tus, as it was intended.