Are you pronouncing these common foreign words wrong? Take our quiz to find out

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CROISSANT is the most challenging foreign word for Brits, with only 15 per cent of us actually pronouncing the French pastry correctly.
Moreover, nearly a third of Brits don’t attempt to speak the language of the country they are visiting.

We Brits'superimpose' our British spelling rules onto other languages.
We Brits ‘superimpose’ our British spelling rules onto other languages.

A survey by Al Fresco Holidays looked into the puzzling pronunciations of the most common words from the continent.

It revealed that around half of attempts to pronounce foreign words resulted in errors of some sort.

The research suggested that perhaps we Brits might be as hopeless at languages as the stereotype suggests, with almost half of us admitting we feel nervous at the thought of having to speak in a foreign country.

And among the most frequently mispronounced words, croissant came up top.

So are your pronunciation skills up to scratch?

Find out below in our tricky quiz.

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If you think you know European travel destinations like the back of your hand, why not give our holiday resorts quiz a go?

And if you think you know Britain’s top landmarks, you can find a quiz to try for that too.

You can also brush up on your flight safety knowledge with our quiz on in-flight safety demos.

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