How to pronounce hotel and hostel

The words hostel and hotel are quite similar, and both refer to types of accommodation (although many people would probably agree that a hostel is nothing like a hotel). A common mistake among non-native speakers is to pronounce the letter o in hostel in the same way as in hotel. However, the correct pronunciation is [ˈhɒstl] in British English, and [ˈhɑːstl] in American English (see here). In contrast, hotel is pronounced as [həʊˈtel] in BE, and as [hoʊˈtel] in AE. Listen to the pronunciation here to notice the difference.

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