Focus on the pronunciation of hard
› not pleasant or gentle; severe: She’s had a hard life. His boss is giving him a hard time (= is being unpleasant to him). Don’t be too hard on her – she’s just learning the job. › Someone who is hard on a piece of clothing tends to damage it quickly: I’m very hard on shoes. › If water is hard, it contains minerals (= chemical substances) that prevent soap from producing bubbles and cleaning easily.