Grammar

How to pronounce Spread-Sheet and other “sp” and “ee” words?

The "spreadsheet" word comes up constantly in business. As a non-native English speaker you have to double the effort when getting your point across. A bad accent can be a downer. Accents can be subject to subtle forms of prejudice.

The long and short “i” sound causes problems for a lot of learners. Sometimes it can result in a funny, but unpleasant outcome for you if you are in a professional environment. For example between “sheet” and “shit” or piece and piss.

4 tips that should help you perfect your pronunciation of ‘spreadsheet’:

  • Break ‘spreadsheet’ down into sounds: [SPRED] + [SHEET]
  • Record yourself saying ‘spreadsheet’ and once you feel ready then go one step further recording full sentences.
  • Forget about your intonation at this stage: stress, rhythm and intonation patterns are not easy to master in English. If you haven’t mastered how to pronounce the word correctly trying to mimic the intonation can make more harm than good. Intonation is crucial to make others understand what you say, but pace yourself and be patient. It will come naturally at some point.
  • Work on word/sentence reduction: This might be the trick to help you out. Luckily, shorting the sentences it’s completely normal and part of everyday conversation in English.

British: The difference between the /i/ and /ee/ vowels

How to pronounce spreadsheet

You may want to improve your pronunciation of ”spreadsheet” by practising nearby words below . The initial “s” sound so hard for Spanish speakers:

spread / spring / spreading / spray / springs / spreads / sprang / sprint / sprouts / spraying / springfield / sprinkle / sprung / spreadsheets / sprayed / sprout / sprinkled / sprawling /springtime / sprays / springing / sprinkler / springboard / sprawl / sprouting / sprinkling / sprite / sprints / spruce

How to pronounce the s sound

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