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    Default Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    I've made a list here, if you can get these right it will make a big difference!

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    please add more if I've forgotten any of your "favourites"!

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    Hi Martin,

    Just to let you know that, even though "ananás" is a word known in Spain, it's basically a crosswords one. In everyday conversation you'll hear people speak of "piña" instead.

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    PS: The only one food word you listed which I mispronounced was "salmon" (I had never even checked its correct pronunciation; I just assumed it was just a matter of placing the stress in the first syllable instead of in hte second, as in "salmón" in Spanish).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    Why is fruit, juice, and salt on the list? How do people say those?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    fruit gets rhymed with "feet" ("Freet")
    juice - has a w appear in it and rhymes with piece ("jwiece")
    salt - where the "sal" is like "sally"

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi Martin,

    Just to let you know that, even though "ananás" is a word known in Spain, it's basically a crosswords one. In everyday conversation you'll hear people speak of "piña" instead.

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    Speaking of which, it is with great sadness that I have to report that in the UK I have never heard 'piña colada' as anything but /pi:nǝ.../. I blame that dreadful song!
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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    What other words would people add to the list? I'd be interested to hear suggestions from both teachers and students!

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    In Spain, people typically have a problem with "steak" (it'd usually be pronounced /stɪk/), "sugar" (/sʊgɒr/, no /ʃ/, and the final 'r' well marked, as is done in Spanish) and, as a rule, anything containing long vowels, like "tea" (/tɪ/, not /ti:/).

    There are more, but I cannot remember more as of now. I'll try to update the list as words come to my mind.

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    In Spain, people typically have a problem with "steak" (it'd usually be pronounced /stɪk/)...
    And there's often what's known in the trade as 'an epenthetic vowel', making it /ə'stɪk/ or /ə'stek/. This happens with many consonant clusters starting with s. (I was a salesman in Spain for, among other magazines, 'Motor Sport' - in my misspent youth. In order to be understood I had to learn to call it something like [mo'tor e'spor] This is common in Spain (E-spaña). But Spanish isn't the only language affected: the acute accent on French é marks the dropping of an s - Eng 'state'/Fr état etc, and elsewhere - Smyrna/Ismirna).

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    yeah, steak is a good one

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    Default Re: Top Twenty Mispronounced Food Words in English

    Leicester cheese

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