10 DIFFICULT ENGLISH WORDS TO PRONOUNCE 😳

Learning a foreign language is full of difficult tasks, and learning to pronounce words correctly is a very common struggle — but don’t get frustrated!

We’ve been in your shoes, and we know that feeling we get when we know our pronunciation is incorrect, and we risk native speakers not understanding us. You might feel awkward, frustrated, or like your confidence is on vacation. We get it.

You might struggle with long, monosyllabic words. You probably know these words in your native language just fine, but they become difficult to figure out in English.

So, we’ve put together a list of 10 words that are difficult to pronounce in English, and how you can learn to say them easily and correctly (and, most importantly, frustration free). Think about how you would pronounce each of them first, then check out our examples on how to pronounce them more easily. You should then understand the word’s meaning, repeat the word so that you memorize the correct pronunciation, and compare and understand examples of common mistakes.

1. ENTREPRENEUR

  • Originally French; a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

2. INDIVIDUAL

  • A single thing or person.

3. RURAL

  • In, relating to, or characteristic of the countryside, rather than the town or city.

4. MASSACHUSETTS

  • The sixth state in the USA, established on February 6, 1788, and part of the region known as New England. Boston is its capital city, and almost 7 million people live in this state!

5. PROCRASTINATION

  • The action of delaying or postponing something until the very last moment.

6. PAROCHIAL

  • Relating to a church parish (used commonly to reference schools). Can also be used to define a point of view or a person with a limited or narrow outlook or scope.

7. DILAPIDATED

  • Usually a building or object that is in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

8. CHRONOLOGICAL

  • A record of events starting with the earliest and following the order in which they occurred.

9. LONGITUDINAL

  • Something that runs lengthwise, rather than across; measured from east to west.

10. UNFORTUNATELY

  • Something that happens in an unfortunate way.

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11. ELOQUENTLY

  • Something said or written in a beautiful, graceful manner.

12. YOGURT

  • A food (prepared by fermenting cow’s milk, although goat’s milk yogurt is also available) that is common all over the world. You’ll find tons of varieties in the U.S., with sweetened/fruity yogurts being most popular (to the chagrin of many international visitors). Unsweetened and more sour varieties are slowly becoming staples in American kitchens. You can also find many non-dairy versions for people with dietary restrictions.

13. OUNCE

  • A unit of weight.

14. CALENDAR

  • A chart or series of pages showing the days, weeks, and months of a particular year, or giving particular seasonal information.

15. VEGETABLES

  • Plants, or part of a plant, used as food.

16. PRONUNCIATION

  • The way in which a word is pronounced. It’s what this lesson is all about! But, let’s make sure you know how to say this super important word. 😅

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