Luvi Silverberg
November 14, 2022

How to Pronounce Humongous


The word "humongous" is one of the most mispronounced words in the English language. Even though it's a very common word, people often say "hoo-mong-gus" instead of "humongous." This can be extremely embarrassing when you're trying to use it correctly in a sentence. But don't worry! I'm going to teach you how to pronounce this commonly mispronounced word correctly so that you never make this mistake again.

It's hum-uhn-guhs.

Take a deep breath and start with the first syllable. It's hum-uhn-guhs, not hoo-mong-gus. If you're one of those people who likes to pronounce words with long vowels, then this word is for you!

But seriously, don't feel bad if you mispronounce this word because it does sound weird when someone says it for the first time. Plus there are a lot of unusual words in English like "humongous" that can make people feel uncomfortable about how they say them (e.g., "horrendous" or "hilarious"). So don't be afraid to experiment with different pronunciations until you find something that works for both yourself and others who hear your new skillset on display!

Even native speakers make mistakes all the time when they're learning a new language; they just keep practicing until they get better at speaking said language so don't sweat what others think—just focus on speaking clearly so people around can understand what's being said!

Pronounce it with a soft h and a silent g.

How to Pronounce Humongous

Humongous is a very silly word. It's also hard to say, because it ends in the letter "g," which is pronounced like the "g" in the word "go." This can make it difficult to distinguish between an actual humungous bear and a regular-sized one. Regardless of how you pronounce it, though, you should know that there are two acceptable ways to say this word: with either a soft h or no h at all (the latter pronunciation used by some people who speak English as their second language). The correct IPA pronunciation of this word is [humuhn-guhs].

Never pronounce it hoo-mong-gus!

You might have heard the word humongous and thought it was pronounced like "hoo-mong-gus," but there's a better way to say it. The correct pronunciation is uhng'guhs, with a soft h and silent g—just like the word humongous itself!

Here’s an example: if you said “I ate so many skeeball tickets at the carnival that I had to go home in an ambulance,” the sentence would be “I ate so many skeeball tickets at the carnival that I had to go home in an ambulance!” You don't want to say it as though there were two syllables in 'carnival,' right? Well, then don't add two syllables into 'humongous' either! Say it exactly how you would any other word: uhn-guh-us.


As you can see, all the above pronunciations are correct, but they're not the only ones. There is a lot of variation in how people pronounce this word. If you have any other questions about pronunciation, leave them in the comments below!