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I really want to know which English words are the hardest for people to pronounce.
All levels, not just advanced!
I'll start from my experience which is...
Particularly and Necessarily
what about you?
Sometimes I need to say “my sister is an otorhinolaryngologist”. But no one has got what I said so far.
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The easiest solution is not to use that word at all! I know no one in the U.S. that attempts it -- except for medical students, perhaps! Americans simply say "an ear-nose-throat doctor", or even more simply, "an ENT specialist".
I know you are interested in comments from non-native speakers, but I'll throw this post in for good measure.
Americans have difficulty pronouncing nuclear and realtor correctly.
I find rural, and occasionally statistics, difficult. I also find statistics difficult!
Can you help me remembering it?? It's something like omonatapoia !!!!
Thanks in advance
Anonymous:onomatopoeia. . .
Many of my students mispronounce the word 'kitchen' as 'chicken'.
Best wishes, Clive
(I know a native speaker who consistently says Vietmanese, and absolutely cannot hear that it's wrong!)
wash and watch can be troubling as well.
Failure to elide words in a misguided effort to separate every word from its neighbor creates some problems as well, as in Swissa steak.
A short time ago I had difficulties pronouncing a word... But I cannot remember which word! It was one that I had seen more or less frequently, so it cannot be very strange. For some reason (was I reading aloud?) I realized I had no idea how to pronounce it. I think it had a clear French origin. Another word I thought I would never be able to pronounce is "phlegm". When I heard it I saw it was not that difficult, but its spelling is enough to discourage anybody.
People are waiting to help.
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