Pronunciation. It’s not just a matter of stringing syllables together to utter a word. Sometimes different combinations of letters can lead to tongue-twisting pronunciation challenges, not just for foreign speakers, but also for native English speakers. Don’t believe us? Here’s five of the top most difficult words to pronounce. How many can you get right?
An otorhinolaryngologist is an ear-nose-throat doctor, or more commonly referred to as an ENT specialist. Considering that most people would have trouble pronouncing the medical term for such doctors, it’s a good thing there’s a short abbreviation that we can all use. Imagine a emergency trip to the hospital without it!
Worcestershire sauce is a savoury cooking condiment that is often used for meat dishes (commonly known also as Lea & Perrins). It seems that the ‘-cest-’ in the middle of the word creates a lot of confusion for most people.
Anemone refers to a species of wild flowers, or it can be an abbreviation for sea anemone – those marine creatures with stinging tentacles. When you break it down into the four different segments, it does get easier to pronounce.
You may think this isn’t a hard word to pronounce. But apparently for foreign speakers, especially Germans, ‘squirrel’ is quite a linguistic challenge for them. In World War II, the word ‘squirrel’ was used by the English to detect Germans as it was almost impossible for them to say it correctly.
With the “s” and “th” sounds together, it can be quite problematic to pronounce this word. Here’s a tip: Keep your tongue behind your front teeth as you vocalise this word.
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