HI there,

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?

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Sometimes I need to say “my sister is an otorhinolaryngologist”. But no one has got what I said so far.Emotion: big smile
The same word came up a few months ago with a student of mine!

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".

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I find that non-native speakers never seem to say situation correctly.

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! Emotion: smile

I hate a word I've first encountered in studying poetry. I can hardly pronounce it (though many people say I speak nearly like a native). Even now I can't remember it. See I makes my blood boil Emotion: angry.I think it's a technique the poet used when he used words whose sounds suggest the meanings like cuckoo.

Can you help me remembering it?? It's something like omonatapoia !!!!

Thanks in advance
onomatopoeia. . .
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Many of my students mispronounce the word 'kitchen' as 'chicken'.

Best wishes, Clive
Ah, yes!!! You're right! I had forgotten that bit about putting the kitchen on the table in the chicken. Emotion: smile
(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.

I remember that when I started learning English I couldn't pronounce "understand". I always ended up saying "Amsterdam" (I think I learnt both words at the same time, I was about eight and we were learning the European capitals at school). Older people laughed their heads off each time I said it. We didn't start learning English at school until a few years later, and then was my turn to laugh Emotion: stick out tongue.

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.
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