10 of the hardest English words to pronounce

Worcestershire

Pronunciation: Wuss-ter-sheer

Definition: is a fermented liquid condiment.

I have to admit that this is a word I personally try to avoid saying!

 

Colonel

Pronunciation: Ker-nal

Definition: an army officer of high  rank

This is one of those words that doesn’t look the way it is pronounced.

 

Choir

Pronunciation: Kw-eye-er

Definition: an organized group of singers

Growing up speaking English I don’t find this word particularly difficult, but I definitely can see why it might be difficult for non-English speakers!

 

Squirrel

Pronunciation: Sk-whirl

Definition: an agile tree-dwelling rodent with a bushy tail

This is another word that is difficult for many non-native English speakers, especially native German speakers whom tend to say “sqvirvel” or “squi-wel.”.

 

Anemone

Pronunciation: Uh-nem-uh-nee

Definition: a plant of the buttercup family

This one is a tongue twister for natives and non-natives alike.

 

Isthmus

Pronunciation: Is-muss

Definition: a narrow strip of land with sea on either side

This word brings back childhood memories for me, sitting in a classroom with the teacher telling us how to pronounce this word and everyone developing an instant lisp!

 

Sixth

Pronunciation: Siks

Definition: constituting number six in a sequence

Just look at this word. The spelling is confusing on this one making pronunciation a challenge.

 

Otorhinolaryngologist

Pronunciation: Oto-rhino-laryng-ologist

Definition: medical specialty concerned with diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.

It’s just easier to say ear, nose and throat doctor! This is where studying a second language helped me – “otorrinolaringólogo”. I wonder how Spanish speakers shorten this one.

 

Rural

Pronunciation: Roo-rull

Definition: relating to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town

Most people tend to pronounce this word as a one syllable word, forgetting the “u” all together.

 

This list of words was taken from Reddit.

What words do you struggle to pronounce?

 

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