How Do You Say Wednesday? And the American Pronunciation of Other Common Words

You’ve been working on your American pronunciation, practicing your new sounds and trying hard to speak with an American accent. Then someone asks you what day it is, and you pause, not sure whether to say “wed-nes-day” or “windz-day”.

I know that sometimes you just need a little help with some common, everyday words. So, today I have made you an audio of basic words such as days of the week, months, holidays, seasons, numbers, colors, and shapes.

You can download this audio and practice along with it until the correct pronunciations just come easily and naturally for you. If you’re having a hard time remembering to use the new pronunciations, be sure to read back over my series on how to use senses to improve spoken English. Whether you use sticky notes, a watch, candy, a pebble, or perfume, I’m sure you’ll find the trick that works best for you!

Here is your podcast of the American pronunciation of some common words:

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If you’d like to follow along with visual cues, I’ve printed the word list below:

Common American Words

Days of the Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Seasons

  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall, or Autumn

Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Groundhog Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Washington’s Birthday
  • Easter
  • Earth Day
  • Arbor Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Halloween
  • Veterans’ Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Mardi Gras
  • Lent

Colors

  • red
  • blue
  • yellow (yellow may be hard to see)
  • green
  • orange
  • black
  • white
  • pink
  • purple
  • brown

Shapes

  • circle
  • square
  • triangle
  • oval
  • rectangle
  • diamond
  • star
  • hexagon
  • octagon

Numbers

  • 1 one
  • 2 two
  • 3 three
  • 4 four
  • 5 five
  • 6 six
  • 7 seven
  • 8 eight
  • 9 nine
  • 10 ten
  • 11 eleven
  • 12 twelve
  • 13 thirteen
  • 14 fourteen
  • 15 fifteen
  • 16 sixteen
  • 17 seventeen
  • 18 eighteen
  • 19 nineteen
  • 20 twenty
  • 21 twenty-one
  • 22 twenty-two
  • 23 twenty-three
  • 24 twenty-four
  • 25 twenty-five
  • 26 twenty-six
  • 27 twenty-seven
  • 28 twenty-eight
  • 29 twenty-nine
  • 30 thirty
  • 40 forty
  • 50 fifty
  • 60 sixty
  • 70 seventy
  • 80 eighty
  • 90 ninety
  • 100 one hundred, or “a hundred”

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