Learn About English Word Mischief And Mischievous Pronunciation
This English language lesson podcast is about a lovely English word that is definitely worth knowing. But, difficult to get the mischievous pronunciation correct. So difficult that many native British speakers pronounce this English word wrong!
This short Thursday, English lesson podcast will explain mischief. You will learn how to spell the word and if you can spell the word, you might avoid the common miss pronunciation that plagues this word in everyday English.
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Mischievous is a fun word and definitely worth knowing
Here is a word which lots of English speakers get wrong. But it’s a nice word and a good one to use if you can. And the word is mischievous. So that might be a difficult one to pronounce – mischievous. It’s spelt M-I-S-C-H-I-E-V-O-U-S and pronounced mischievous. So MISS-CHEE-VUSS. What does it mean and why is it a nice word? And how do English speakers make a mistake with this word?
Well mischievous is an adjective, so it’s a word you use to describe a noun, to describe a thing or a person. And there’s also a noun in English, which is related to mischievous – and that word is mischief, M-I-S-C-H-I-E-F. So what’s mischief first of all? Mischief is when someone is being a little playful, having a bit of fun, but perhaps they’re doing something that they shouldn’t. Perhaps they’re playing a trick on someone – that would be mischief.
Playing a trick on someone means doing something to surprise them, which then might make you laugh. So a trick might be in you hide and someone comes into a room and they don’t know that you’re there – and then you jump out and surprise them! That would be mischief and you would be being mischievous.
Miss spelling "Mischievous" in the first place is why mischievous is mispronounced
Mischief is what happens at Halloween, for example. Mischief is what your children might get up to, when you’re not looking. They play games, they play tricks – which are just a little bit naughty – that’s mischief. And anyone who is ‘up to mischief’, could be called mischievous.
If you’re looking for an example of an animal that’s mischievous – then probably monkeys are the animals which are most likely to get up to mischief. Mischief could perhaps be described as ‘being slightly naughty, but playful’. Not really meaning any harm.
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Just remember how to spell mischievous and you will remember how to pronounce it
So how do English speakers get this word wrong? Well, some people pronounce mischievous as though it’s got an extra ‘i’ in it – so they say mischiev-i-ous. Argh – that’s wrong! The word is mischievous – with just one ‘i’.
So some example sentences:-
- My grandmother has a mischievous sense of humour.
- My next door neighbour made me laugh when he talked about the mischievous antics of his two teenage sons.
- My dog is a bit mischievous – she puts her nose into my handbag, looking for sweets.
Hopefully, this podcast will help you understand and remember the two words mischief and mischievous. Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
I am a fan of light-hearted humour and watching the children get up to mischief. However, hearing the word mischievous miss pronounced is a big NO for me. So I hope that if you ever use this word you get it right because, for many native English speakers, this word, when you hear it misspoken makes us wince.
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