25 Difficult Words to Pronounce
This morning we asked our EnglishClub Facebook fans, tweeters, and chatters to tell us which English words are the most difficult to pronounce. Here is the first batch of most difficult words according to you!
Let’s practise these words together:
1) Listen to the word. (wait for a one second pause after)
2) Say the word with me.
3) Say the sentence with me.
Are you ready?
1. thistle (allow a pause and then repeat with me)
Be careful not to step on the thistle.
Potato chips are called crisps in England.
You should not pronounce the l when you say the word should.
Would and wood sound the same when you say them out loud.
Put on warm clothes before you head outside today.
The order of these words is not important.
A man was charged with murder over the holidays.
The air is so cold you can see your breath.
You can download classic literature for free online.
English is a difficult language to learn.
Onomatopoeia refers to words that sound like their meaning.
It is difficult to watch the deterioration of a friend’s health.
If you practise, your English will improve little by little.
The assailant was caught by the police.
A catastrophic earthquake struck the centre of the city.
Don’t alter your plans just because I can’t go.
One exclamation mark is enough to get your point across.
Captain Hook was petrified of the crocodile in the movie Peter Pan.
It is unfortunate that the weather has delayed our trip.
Six plus six equal twelve, which is also known as a dozen.
The development of new technology has allowed us to receive information very quickly.
It wasn’t my decision to have a picnic in the rain.
When you hear an ambulance you must pull over to the side of the road.
The law states that residents must clear their sidewalk when it snows.
If you bend down low, you will see where the children are hiding.
Pronunciation note: I have a Canadian accent. This is similar to an American accent. Your teacher may have a different accent, such as a British one.
Thank you to the MyEC chatters and all of the Tweeters and Facebook friends who helped create this list. Share your own difficult words in the comments below. Add an example sentence and we may use it in an upcoming audio post.
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.