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    Default Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    I started this thread in order to know what are the most difficult words to pronounce, according to you.
    To me, "Laos" is the most difficult one. I pronounce incorrectly at the first attempt!!
    List some words you know and we'll learn together!

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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    What individuals find difficult to pronounce will vary according to the sounds that exist in their own language.

    Even native speakers would have problems with the sequence of underlined sounds in George the Sixth's throne if they tried to give the 'correc't pronunciation
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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Sometimes it's easy to speak one word but difficult to speak the whole sentence like this:
    She sells seashells on the sea shore!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Try saying the sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.

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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    I started this thread in order to know what are the most difficult words to pronounce, according to you.
    To me, "Laos" is the most difficult one. I pronounce incorrectly at the first attempt!!
    As it was for President Kennedy. Listen to his pronunciation of Laos here.POV - Watch Video | President Kennedy Describes U.S. Role in Laos (Clip 2 of 5): Classroom Clips | PBS

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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    I started this thread in order to know what are the most difficult words to pronounce, according to you.
    To me, "Laos" is the most difficult one. I pronounce incorrectly at the first attempt!!
    That's not so unusual. It would be more remarkable if you could not pronounce it after repeated practice and correction.
    List some words you know and we'll learn together!
    So, how do you pronounce Laos?

    This dictionary rhymes it with 'blouse'.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Laos

    Wikipedia gives three choices (none of which rhymes with 'blouse'):
    Laos (i/ˈls/, /ˈlɑː.s/, or /ˈl.ɒs/)[4][5][6]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos


    PS: I have trouble with: ngoc_lan

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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    As it was for President Kennedy. Listen to his pronunciation of Laos here.POV - Watch Video | President Kennedy Describes U.S. Role in Laos (Clip 2 of 5): Classroom Clips | PBS
    A creative pronunciation

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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    PS: I have trouble with: ngoc_lan
    Me too- I really struggle with ng at the start of a word.

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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So, how do you pronounce Laos?
    I read once that Laotians pronounced it as ls/, but American 'advisers' changed it to /ˈl.ɒs/ for their home consumption. They felt that the American public would not be happy supporting the government of a country whose name sounded like Louse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This may be just a myth.
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    Default Re: Which words are the most difficult to pronounce?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I read once that Laotians pronounced it as ls/, but American 'advisers' changed it to /ˈl.ɒs/ for their home consumption. They felt that the American public would not be happy supporting the government of a country whose name sounded like Louse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This may be just a myth.
    Maybe. I think it was understandable that JFK made it rhyme with "chaos".

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