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5 difficult words to pronounce in English

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?

  1. 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?

  1. 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”.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 🙂

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About Sharon Stephens

Sharon Stephens is Operations Director of Lingua Translation. With a First Class Honours Degree in Translation and a University Lecturer in Translation (Masters), she is a self confessed language geek! Bringing the academic principles of translation and business together Sharon offers a quality-driven and needs centric translation and interpreting service - like no other.

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