Yesterday, we were talking about how tricky and difficult the English pronunciation can be. Today, to continue with the same topic, I am going to show you 5 words (among many others) that are difficult to pronounce in English.
Are you ready?
- Choir (Kw-eye-er)
Once again, English language trying to be so complicated. Why does the CH have to sound as a K? How come Choir sounds like Quire?
- Squirrel (Skwi-rel)
This might not be a problem for English native speakers, but it is a big deal for foreigners, especially German people. They end up creating new animals like “squiwel” or “sqvirvel”.
- Worcestershire (Wuss-ter-sheer)
This one is commonly debated between Americans and British. When talking about the sauce, a lot of British people just call it “Worcester Sauce” (Wuss-ter) and drop the “-shire”. If you can say Worcester, I can tell you that you are close enough to pronouncing the whole word correctly.
- Otorhinolaryngologist (Oto-rhino-laryng-ologist)
Ok, I have to be fair. This problem is not only in English. In Spanish, we say ‘otorrinolaringólogo’, which is pretty much just as confusing. It looks like a mini tongue twister. I have to confess, I’m almost 25 years old and I’m still having trouble with that word. I just prefer to say that I need to see the ear/nose/throat doctor.
- Anemone (Uh-nem-uh-nee)
This will always remind me of the movie ‘Finding Nemo’ in which Nemo can’t pronounce ‘anemone’ properly. I don’t blame him! All the vowels and “n’s” and “m’s” get mixed in my brain and I end up saying something totally different…just like Nemo.
Do you know any other difficult words to pronounce in English or in any language? Let us know 🙂