Have You Been Saying Quinoa, Tzatziki And Pain Au Chocolat Wrong? The 40 Most Commonly Mispronounced Foods (and How To Get Them Right)

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YOU love eating it, but ordering a pain au chocolate is slightly more difficult.

The baked good is among a number of foodstuffs Brits have problems pronouncing – so you’re not alone.

Getty – Contributor Chipotle is ranked as the ninth hardest word

Common items such as chorizo, fajita and camembert were among the list of questionable pronunciations.

A poll of 2,000 adults found the most confusing word to say is viennoiserie, a type of baked good.

Next on the list was caipirinha, which can be tricky to say after having a few anyway.

In third place was tzatziki, next quesadilla and finishing the top five was bouillabaisse.

Getty – Contributor Creamy dip tzatziki comes in third place in the poll

In general, the research found a third of people struggle to pronounce brioche correctly, with a tenth saying ‘bree-ock’.

And one in five would hazard ‘foy grah’ for foie gras.

French bakery, Brioche Pasquier, which commissioned the research, said: “Not being 100 per cent sure how to pronounce a word can put people in a tricky situation.

Top 20 foods people struggle to pronounce

1. Viennoiserie

2. Caipirinha

3. Tzatziki

4. Quesadilla

5. Bouillabaisse

6. Quinoa

7. Charcuterie

8. Edamame bean

9. Chipotle

10. Bourguignon

11. Niçoise

12. Foie gras

13. Acai berry

14. Prosciutto

15. Rillette

16. Daiquiri

17. Chorizo

18. Gnocchi

19. Tapenade

20. Endive

“It’s especially difficult if you’re in a restaurant or somewhere that you can’t get away with saying it wrong.

“Our results found people are twice as likely to have a go at pronouncing an unfamiliar food word as admit they don’t know how to pronounce it.

“This can lead to further embarrassment as people get more exciting and unusual words wrong, so it’s probably best to just try and laugh it off.”

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If you’ve ever panicked in a restaurant, turns out a third of people have struggled to complete a food order because they couldn’t pronounce what they wanted.

And in the worst case scenario, a fifth have been served something entirely different to what they wanted due to their poor pronounciation.

But a French language expert at Brioche Pasquier shared some tips on getting French words right.

Top 40 foods people struggle to pronounce

21. Pain au chocolat

22. Maraschino cherry

23. Poutine

24. Baklava

25. Crudite

26. Coq au Vin

27. Brioche

28. Bruschetta

29. Camembert

30. Jalapeno

31. Fajita

32. Guacamole

33. Halloumi

34. Pinot Noir

35. Houmous

36. Macaron

37. Paella

38. Turmeric

39. Soufflé

40. Crème Brûlée

They said: “To learn how to pronounce French food words, I have three tips.

“Learn the rules of French pronunciation first, like an “s” between two vowels becomes a “z” sound (poison: Z ≠ poisson: S).

“Practice how to place your mouth, tongue, lips correctly to form French sounds, and lastly, learn everything with audio first as a lot of French words are actually easier to pronounce than read.

Getty – Contributor The tasty baked treat comes in at number 21 on the list

“French and English share a lot of words, but their pronunciation differs, so English speakers should be prepared to make an extra effort to pronounce these words the right way in French.

“For example, many English speakers have a hard time with “chocolat” which they pronounce “tchocolayt” when in French it’s “sho-co-la”.




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