15 Foods You’re Saying Wrong… Everyone Gets Tripped Up By #8.
It's embarrassing when we mispronounce a word but it isn't the end of the world. When I first started learning Japanese, native speakers would often correct my pronunciation, not to be rude but to help me out. And even though I didn't ask for their help, I was extremely grateful for it because it was these words and phrases that I learned to use most effectively. I would do the same for them when it came to American English.
The same is true when using your first language. Fluent in English isn't the same as master. One day, you might find yourself being corrected by someone half your age about something you thought you knew your whole life. This isn't just true for newly created words like selfie or Frappuccino but also for words like sherbet or tortilla.
Take a look at some commonly mispronounced foods below. When we learn to pronounce words like these correctly, we are also respecting the country in which that food is from. If you've already been pronouncing them correctly, pass it on to someone who could use it.
Sherbet, sometimes spelled sherbert, is a cross between ice cream and a sorbet. Many of us grew up hearing 'sher-buhrt' and don't know that the original pronunciation is actually 'sher-bit.'
I haven't personally heard too many people mispronounce this mouthwatering fruit. In fact, I've seen more people misspell it because of that silent 'p.' It sounds like 'raz-beree.'
#3. Hors D'Oeuvre
From the French, an hor d'oeuvre is a starter or appetizer that is outside the main courses. Be careful not to pronounce the 'h' or 's,' someone might think you're calling them a 'wh*re.' An easier way to look at it is 'or-durv.'
In French cuisine, bouillon is broth. It might be tempting for you to pronounce that double 'l', but do your best to refrain from it. Call it 'boo-yawn' instead.
This is a little tricky because even Italians pronounce this differently from one another. It really depends on the dialect. Many Americans pronounce bruschetta with a 'sheh' sound in the middle, but in standard Italian, it is pronounced 'broo-sket-tuh.'
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