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.
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.
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
8. Edamame bean
12. Foie gras
13. Acai berry
“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.”
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 Camille Chevalier-Karfis, French pronunciation audiobook author and founder of FrenchToday.com shared some tips on getting French words right.
Top 40 foods people struggle to pronounce
21. Pain au chocolat
22. Maraschino cherry
26. Coq au Vin
34. Pinot Noir
40. Crème Brûlée
She 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.
“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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